She has walked in countless runway shows and starred in campaigns for leading luxury labels such as Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta, but Karlie Kloss is far from forgetting where it all started.
Teaming up with Mother Model Management, the 18-year-old is running a model competition across America in the hopes of finding the next supermodel. Founders of the agency and husband and wife team, Jeff and Mary Clarke, discovered Karlie Kloss at a benefit show in St Louis in 2005. Together they will come full circle and end the search the same way with a charity fashion show and event, Shine, which will be hosted by Karlie.
“Mary and Jeff are like family to me now, and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today so I jumped at the chance to support them in their search to make another ‘wannabe’ models’ dream come true! This is a fantastic way for me to support the community and the charity that launched my career, I couldn’t be more excited!” says Karlie of the competition.
The Clarkes are credited with scouting some of the leading working models today. Katie Fogarty and Lindsay Lullman were also scouted by the duo and are now represented by Next Model Management. The competition, which runs from April to the end of July across Midwest America, could bring the winner a management contract with Mother Management and Next Models, coaching from Jeff and Mary and a trip to New York for a fashion photo shoot.
With Karlie being scouted in Saint Louis and Katie Fogarty coming from Missouri, the Midwest is looking like a safe place to start the search.