American Models Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss, fashion’s American sweetheart, has had one of the most remarkable modelling debuts of the last decade. She was named one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by French Vogue after successfully surviving the buzz surrounding her to carve out a top-tier worldwide career.

Kloss’ career began with a shoot for Scene Magazine Chicago, shot by David Leslie Anthony, when she was born in Chicago and reared in St Louis. Her agency, Elite Chicago, forwarded the tear sheets to Elite New York, which quickly scheduled a meeting with the 16-year-old.

Kloss’ agency enrolled her in walking courses to counteract the effects of years of “turning out” as a ballet dancer. However, the model immediately found employment, appearing in an Abercrombie & Fitch commercial shot by Bruce Weber. In 2008, her breakthrough year, she left Elite to join Next and walked in 31 New York Fashion Week shows on her own, opening Carolina Herrera and obtaining the prestigious job of closing for Marc Jacobs.

In addition to walking for practically every major fashion label, Kloss has headlined several commercial campaigns, including Marc Jacobs’ Lola fragrance, Christian Dior, and Barneys. She has also created Klossy, a YouTube channel that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world.

The model, now signed to IMG, has also branched out beyond fashion, creating Karlie’s Kookies with Momofuku Milk Bar, part of the proceeds of which are donated to children’s charity FEED. In 2015, she founded Kode With Klossy, an initiative to get girls into coding, after being inspired by entrepreneur friends to attend a coding boot camp herself.

Kloss currently resides in New York with her husband Joshua Kushner. 

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