Fashion’s American sweetheart Karlie Kloss has made one of the most impressive modelling debuts of the past decade. She has successfully sustained the hype around her to carve out a top-tier international career. Kloss is currently in ninth place on models.com’s Top 50 Models list, and was declared by French Vogue to be one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Kloss was born in Chicago but raised in St Louis with three siblings: Kristine, Karriann and Kimberly. Kloss’ career began with a shoot for Scene Magazine Chicago, shot by David Leslie Anthony. Her agency, Elite Chicago, sent the tear sheets to Elite New York, who immediately arranged to meet the 16 year old.
Originally a ballet dancer, Kloss’ agency sent the aspiring model to walking classes to negate the effects of years of ‘turning out.’ The model was soon working however, appearing in an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign shot by Bruce Webber. In 2008, her breakout year, she left Elite to join Next and walked in 31 shows in New York Fashion Week alone, opening Carolina Herrera and securing the prestigious honour of closing Marc Jacobs, arguably the climax of New York Fashion Week.
She has fronted fragrance campaigns for Marc Jacobs’ Lola, as well as appeared in advertising for Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Bally, Bergdorf Goodman, Pringle of Scotland, Christian Dior, Hermès, Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Rykiel, Aquascutum, Topshop, Uniqlo, Lord & Taylor, Barneys New York and American Eagle.
Kloss has now walked for almost every major fashion house, transforming her original gait into one of the most lauded and commented upon on the circuit. Agile and long-limbed Kloss has won admirers and plaudits across the industry, including the casting directors of Victoria’s Secret, the most publicised runway in the world.
The model is now signed to IMG. Upon her signing, Ivan Bart, managing director and senior vice president told press, "Karlie has an immense and loyal following, and we welcome the opportunity to help expand her relationships through endorsements as well as our global network that reaches beyond fashion."
Kloss has already begun branching out of fashion, creating Karlie’s Kookies with Momofuku Milk Bar, part of the proceeds of which are donated to children’s charity FEED.