A grounding in classical dance can come in useful in so many ways, we can see. Take top model Karlie Kloss, for instance. She calls her ballet training “a beautiful thing”, convinced that it taught her how to move as a model, and helped her to develop her unique runway walk, which she describes as a “moody gait”. We prefer to agree with those who pronounce it powerful!
Born in Chicago in 1992, but moving to St. Louis, Missouri, two years later, Karlie was discovered at a charity fashion show in a local mall, arranged to help a friend with cancer. Early in her career, she posed for a twelve-page editorial and cover in Chicago’s Scene Magazine, shot by David Leslie Anthony. Once Elite Chicago had forwarded the tear sheets to Elite NY, fourteen-year-old Kloss found herself in the Big Apple, where her first shoot involved doing a split on a ballet bar for Arthur Elgort. Since then, she’s been in demand for numerous ads, campaigns, and shows.
She has appeared in adverts for Yves St Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lacoste, Gap, Alexander McQueen, and others. Covers and editorials include Vogue in Italy, Turkey, Portugal, China, Korea, Australia and the UK, plus American Teen Vogue. One of her first modelling jobs was with Bruce Weber for Abercrombie. Having left Elite in January 2008, signing for Next Model Management (she’s now with IMG), Karlie walked thirty-one runways during New York Fashion Week. She followed that with twenty shows in Milan, and thirteen at the 2008 autumn show in Paris.
Since then, this sun tanned American beauty has walked in all the major shows for a number of designers, such as Karl Lagerfield, Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Marc Jacobs, for whom she is the face of the fragrance Lola. As a muse for designer John Galliano, she has taken part in campaigns for both Galliano and Dior, and in 2011, she renewed her contract wih Christian Dior for the third season running. She’s also a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and was part of the PINK campaign.
The six-feet-one model admits that she used to dislike being what she calls “tall and lanky”, but she now realises that it’s her greatest asset – “how uniquely weird I am”. And she dismisses the furore over her figure, claiming it’s due to years of ballet. She accepts that she’s “up for scrutiny”, and admits that “you have to grow thick skin”. We’re definitely on her side, anyway.
Karlie Kloss Love The Dress (At Her Home), Model Off Duty Via Vogue March 2014
Modelling For Numero Magazine
]Featured In Vogue February 2013
By Roe Ethridge for Acne Paper No14
Karlie Kloss Modelling For Jason Wu Spring 2014
Annie Leibovitz Photographed Karlie Kloss For Vogue April 2010
Karlie Kloss Street Style Skinny Jeans Leather Jacket And Boots
Karlie Kloss Street Style In New York City Via