Karlie Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American model and entrepreneur.
She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014.
Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tracy (née Fares), a freelance director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has Danish, German and Polish 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”.
She attended Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri. In 2013, Kloss was the face of Donna Karan, Lacoste, and Lanvin campaigns. Kloss worked with Victoria’s Secret on their 2013 summer swimwear video. She was also the red carpet host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show. In April, Kloss starred alongside Daria Strokous, Monika Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger in Louis Vuitton’s Alma bag campaign.
In 2013, Kloss was named as one of the new ambassadors for Coach, Inc. and stars in the accessory maker’s fall 2013 campaign. In 2014, Kloss was the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike, Donna Karan, Lancaster, and the Chanel Coco Noir fragrance campaigns. She also collaborated with Frame Denim to design the Forever Karlie jeans collection. In summer 2014, Karlie worked with Warby Parker to design the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker eyewear line, proceeds of which benefited Edible Schoolyard NYC. In September 2014, after many speculations, L’Oreal Paris officially announced that they have signed Karlie to be the newest face. In the September 2014 issue of American Vogue, she was featured on the cover with Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu as “The Instagirls!” In 2015, Kloss and one of her best friends, Taylor Swift, covered the March issue of American Vogue together. Kloss also starred in the music video for Chic’s “I’ll Be There”, which was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Kloss also portrayed the role of “Knockout” in the music video for Swift’s song “Bad Blood” which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Kloss appeared in several video segments during Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour and appeared live on stage with Swift at the performance of June 27, 2015 at London’s Hyde Park, as well as on July 11, 2015, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, called Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and Q&A videos. On May 24, 2016, Kloss was named the new face of Swarovski replacing another Victoria’s Secret alum Miranda Kerr. She is contracted to be the face for the next 2 years, as the brand is hoping to reach out to the next generation. In 2016, she started the charity organization Kode With Klossy, a coding camp and career scholarship program that works with partners like the Flatiron School to facilitate learning programs and create a community for young women in tech. On April 21, 2017, she appeared as a correspondent on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. Kloss was featured in Vogue’s March 2017 issue. The spread was criticized by some as a form of cultural appropriation as Kloss appeared styled as a geisha. She later posted a public apology. In Fall 2017, Kloss announced her TV show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss, coming to Freeform in the winter of 2017.