|Born||August 3rd, 1992 (Age 19)|
Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American model and ballet dancer. Kloss has been ranked 3rd on the Top 50 Models Women List by models.com. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.She is best known by her hair, her legs and her walk. Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois and then her family moved to St Louis, Missouri. Before modelling, she studied at Caston's Ballet Academy in St Louis, a very prestigious institution. She soon became very talented in dance and has performed in many performances like The Nutcracker. Kloss has called her classical ballet training "a beautiful thing" that taught her how to move in the modeling world and was a great training ground for her runway walk. When Kloss was 13, she was discovered at a charity fashion show in St. Louis. She was encouraged and inspired to model by one of her teachers in Webster Groves High School. In 2007, she signed with Elite Model Management.
Her first modelling stint was for Abercrombie and Fitch, shot by Bruce Weber.Soon after in January 2008, she left Elite Model Management for Next Model Management which later on brought her into a legal dispute when Elite sued Next for 'stealing away its young star' as they felt that they had launched her career. This took place after Kloss walked a total of 64 shows at fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. The dispute was settled later on outside court.
She was named the best model by People magazine in 2008. Kloss, labeled her famed runway walk a "moody gait." Molly Sims, whom she considers a mentor, told New York Magazine she thinks Kloss is the type of model who will still "do well at 30" because of her classic look.
She has been in advertisements for Donna Karan Nina Ricci Chloé Lacoste Sportmax Alexander McQueen Yves Saint Laurent Elie Saab Dolce & Gabbana Gap Bally Shoe Bergdorf Goodman Pringle of Scotland Dior Hermes Oscar de la Renta Sonia Rykiel Aquascutum Topshop Eryn Brinie Uniqlo Omnia Jade Lord & Taylor Barneys New York American Eagle and Victoria's Secret PINK Kloss is the face of the Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola. She has walked for numerous designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris, including Shiatzy Chen, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Versace,and Elie Saab
She has also appeared in editorials for American and Korean
W, American Elle, Allure, i-D, French and Japanese Numéro, Vanity Fair, Dazed & Confused, and American, Australian, Italian, French, British, Korean, German, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Teen, and Latin American Vogue magazines.
She has ventured into TV, as well, when she appeared in Season Four Episode 1 of Gossip Girl as herself. She has become a muse for fashion designer John Galliano and has appeared in Dior and John Galliano campaigns and opened both shows, Christian Dior Haute Couture and Dior resort shows from spring summer 2010. In the Spring/Summer 2011 Season, she opened 10 shows and closed 8. Her runway walk, one of the most unique, is often described as powerful. She brings a powerful character to the stage. For instance, her walk at the Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, a show inspired by Amy Winehouse, was compelling, it brought in a brilliant combination of essences of Amy Winehouse and Kloss. in 2011 Kloss renewed her contract with Christian Dior for the third season in a row. The same year, she made her debut in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Her hobbies include baking cookies, biking and ballet. Among her fellow models, her friends include Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Coco Rocha, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Patricia van der Vliet, and Ali Michael.
Tyra Banks herself has tweeted that Kloss is currently her favourite model because of her unique beauty.