Karlie Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2013 to 2015.
Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tracy (née Fares), a freelance art director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician.Her family has Danish roots. She has three sisters, Kristine, and twins Kimberly and Kariann.She moved to St. Louis, with her family, in 1994.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.Kloss was “discovered at a local benefit runway show”.
Kloss attended Webster Groves High School. In September 2015, Kloss enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University.
Kloss is an avid coder. In April 2015, she partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship named Kode with Karlie for young girls interested in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Her other hobbies include baking cookies, biking, and ballet. In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, she created a special recipe called Karlie’s Kookies, which she sold in DKNY Soho during Fashion’s Night Out in New York City, with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects). She calls it a “Perfect 10 Kookie”, because for every tin of cookies that are sold, 10 meals will be donated to starving children all over the world.
Kloss is a close friend of Taylor Swift, and appeared in the singer’s music video for the single “Bad Blood” in May 2015. She is also the godmother of model Jourdan Dunn’s son.
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