Karlie Elizabeth Kloss is an American fashion model, ranked second on the Top 50 Models (women) list by models.com, and was recently named to be the next Victoria’s Secret Angel. Vogue Paris also named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
While there are as many as 40 models who walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, only 10 hold the title of Angel, and Karlie may be the first with short hair. Karlie Kloss walked her first show in 2011, representing the Pink line for teens. Her second time in the show caused controversy with her Native American costume. It was eventually cut from the televised program. Victoria’s Secret paid $75,000 for Karlie to get hair extensions after she cut her hair for a Vogue photo-shoot.
Though born in Chicago, Karlie Kloss grew up in St. Louis, and trained as a classical ballerina at the prestigious Caston’s Ballet Academy and appeared in a number of productions, including “The Nutcracker.” She called her training “a beautiful thing” that helped her control her body and was great for the runway.
Karlie Kloss was discovered at the age of 13 while at a local charity fashion show in a mall for a friend who was battling cancer. She subsequently signed with an agent. She later appeared in Teen Vogue. She is known for her distinctive walk, earning the nickname “panther.” Karlie calls it “a moody gait.” Of her career, Karlie said, “I never imagined myself doing this. Doors opened for me and I ran for it.”
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Karlie Kloss stands over 6’ feet tall and told W Magazine that she was a foot taller than her prom date in heels.
Karlie has walked for a variety of designers including Gucci, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Versace, among others. Her advertising work includes companies such as Donna Karan, Sportmax, Hermes, Gap and Elie Saab.
She recently was a pre-show correspondent for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
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Karlie Kloss lives in the West Village in an apartment she bought in November for nearly $2 million. On the days she doesn’t have to work, she said she likes to sleep in.
Karlie’s secret ambition is “I wish I could fly. Or speak fluent Chinese. I think both are equally impossible.” And if she weren’t a model, she would like to be a doctor, like her father. “I think to have the skill set and the ability to physically help others in matters of life and death must be incredibly empowering. Plus, I love kids, so ideally something in the field of pediatrics.”
Her charity work included helping after Hurricane Sandy in which she sold cookies to sell with the store Milk. Karlie Kloss’ hobbies include baking, biking and ballet.