If Karlie Kloss is the unofficial ambassador for American girls everywhere, our public image is in good hands. She’s kind, she’s smart, she makes cookies for charity, and she has some kickass friends. (No, really.)
When Kloss surfaced at London Fashion Week—first at the Fabulous Fund Fair, then at Topshop—we grabbed the ELLE UKcover girl for a quick chat.
Last Fashion Week, you told us about starting school at NYU. How’s it going?
School’s going really well, thank you for asking! I’m taking a lighter course load, just part time right now because I’m so busy with work. But I love going to class. I forgot how much I loved going to class, actually. But I also forgot what having school homework feels like: stressful!
What’s your favorite subject?
Right now I’m taking a computer science class that’s amazing. I took coding classes, like, two years ago, and they really opened my mind up to what tech can do for people. And I want to encourage more young women to get involved in coding, because it’s important for them to be able to help shape the future, and coding is the future. I’m in class myself to be part of that.
How’s the ratio of men to women in your computer science class?
In classes, I think that balance is getting better, slowly.
You’re not just “fashion famous” anymore, you’re a real celebrity. Are you allowed to be a regular student in class?
The NYU kids are really cool, actually. They’re independent, and everyone’s got their own thing. I walk into class and I’m totally normal. I mean, I am totally normal.
Of course you are. But nobody feels normal in college!
[Laughing] That’s true.
You’re an overachiever and so are ELLE.com readers. What’s your advice to them on starting new projects?
Do you know that I’m a huge procrastinator? You might not assume so, but I always wait until the last minute to get something done. So I guess I would say, it’s okay to put things off until the very last minute as long as you know you’ve got them under control.
Wow. You really are a normal college student.
I told you!