Biography of Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss is an American model and businesswoman and Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Pictured: Karlie Kloss
Childhood and youth
Karlie Elizabeth Kloss was born on August 3, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother, Tracey Fares, is an independent filmmaker, and her father, Kurt Kloss, is an emergency doctor.
Karlie Kloss as a child
Carly is not the only child in the family: she has three sisters – the eldest Kristin and younger twins Kimberly and Karianne. Kloss has Danish, German and Polish roots.
Karlie Kloss family
Carly began her career as a model at a ballet school. The girl admits that classical ballet education has become an excellent base for her future profession.
Karlie Kloss at the ballet school
A ticket to the profession was a charity fashion show at a shopping center in her hometown of St. Louis. Despite the fact that she was only 13 at the time, her catlike walk and unusual appearance caught the attention of agents from Mother Model Management.
“She was just a child. But this walk … It was perfect, ”recalls one of the agents.
Career in the modeling business
In 2006, 14-year-old Kloss already posed for the cover of the June issue of Scene Magazine. Thanks to these shots, the young model was invited to New York, where she signed a contract with the famous Elite Model Management agency – Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and other famous models worked with him at one time.
Karlie Kloss at age 14
Two years later, the girl moved to the equally famous agency NEXT Model Management. She walked in more than 30 fashion shows that year, including the Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera fashion shows.
Karlie Kloss in 2009
Demand for Carly grew every year – she worked in Milan and Paris, and meanwhile her two first agencies, meanwhile, were protracted litigation for a talented star. In the end, Kloss chose IMG Models over both agencies, which once introduced the fashion community to Alessandra Ambrosio, Hailey Baldwin, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and plus-size model Ashley Graham.
By the end of the 2000s, Carly, with her “capricious walk,” was already being discussed by the whole world, and critics predicted that she would be in demand even after 30 years thanks to her “classic beauty.” The success was obvious: Vogue Paris declared Kloss one of the 30 best models of the past decade.
The girl worked tirelessly – she starred in commercials for Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen, Hermès and hundreds of other brands. Carly also became the face of the Lola fragrance by Marc Jacobs and regularly participated in fashion shows of the most famous fashion houses and designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc.
Photos of Carly graced more than one cover, including Italian, Australian, French and British Vogue. She also ventured into television work, appearing in the fourth season of Gossip Girl as herself.
In addition, Kloss became a muse for fashion designer John Galliano and participated in his collaboration with Dior. In the spring/summer 2011 season, Carly opened ten shows and closed eight – such figures are considered very impressive in the modeling business.
Karlie Kloss collaborated with Dior
In the same year, Carly made her debut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the famous show of “angel” models who traditionally walk the catwalk with wings behind their shoulders. True, her penetration in one of the shows was cut from the air – Kloss effectively appeared in front of the audience in the traditional headdress of Native Americans, which many considered offensive. But this fact did not affect the girl’s career in any way, whose new hairstyle was already copied with might and main by fashionistas all over the world.
Karlie Kloss wearing a Native American headdress
By the mid-2010s, Carly began to get involved in fashion design herself. Together with Frame Denim, she designed the Forever Karlie denim collection, and in the summer of 2014, together with Warby Parker, she launched a line of sunglasses, the proceeds of which went to one of the New York schools.
Karlie Kloss with glasses
In September of the same year, L’Oreal Paris officially announced that Karlie Kloss was their new face. Another important event for the model was the shooting in the video for the song of her best friend Taylor Swift “Bad Blood”. It is surprising that in such a busy schedule, the girl managed to find time to study – she became a student at the Gallatin School at New York University. True, in order to attend lectures, she still had to part with Victoria’s Secret for a while.
What Carly definitely had time for was the Internet: at the peak of her popularity, Kloss launched her own beauty channel on YouTube called “Klossy”. On her channel, Carly posts beauty and fashion videos every week, as well as answering questions from fans.
In May 2016, Kloss became the new face of the Swarovski jewelry brand, replacing another Victoria’s Secret alum, Miranda Kerr. And although the Australian model at that time was only 34 years old, the management preferred “fresh blood”, counting on a reaction among young people.
Karlie Kloss is the new face of Swarovski jewelry brand
The March 2017 issue of Vogue was critically received by the public: Kloss appeared on its spread in the form of a geisha, in which some saw a manifestation of cultural appropriation. The model later issued a public apology.
Karlie Kloss as a geisha
At the end of the same year, Carly tried herself in a completely different path, becoming the host of her own show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss. The show was canceled after one season.
Karlie Kloss is computer savvy. In April 2015, the girl entered into partnerships with the IT school Flatiron School and Code.org. Her project provides scholarships to young girls interested in computer science and software development.
Karlie Kloss with Momofuku Milk Bar developed a special cookie recipe – Karlie’s Kookies
In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, Karlie developed a special cookie recipe called Karlie’s Kookies – sweets were sold during another Fashion Night in New York. The proceeds went to help starving children.
Personal life of Karlie Kloss
In 2012, Karlie Kloss began dating businessman and investor Joshua Kushner, brother of Jared Kushner (Donald Trump’s son-in-law). The chosen one of the model is 7 years older than her. In July 2018, Kloss announced her engagement. A month before, the girl converted to Judaism out of respect for the faith of her future husband. Kloss and Kushner got married on October 18, 2018.
Karlie Kloss now
In October 2018, Kloss confirmed that she would be a judge and executive producer on Heidi Klum’s show Runway. The model shared that she is “very excited to be part of the show, which serves as a starting point for aspiring American designers pursuing their creative and entrepreneurial dreams.” The first episodes of the show were released in March 2019 with great success.
Karlie Kloss in 2019