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Garage Magazine Spring/Summer 2016

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Magazine: Garage Magazine (Spring/Summer 2015)
Photographed by: Patrick Demarchelier
Styled by: Jimmy Paul

Karlie Kloss is our very own GARAGE agent. Cover star of Issue 10, Kloss was styled to reflect the grace and power of one of Marvel’s most-famous superheros: Black Widow. We took some time out to chat to her about all things super.

Who’s your favourite MARVEL superhero?
Black Widow. She’s a spy and athlete — an all around power woman.

What superpower would represent you?
My superpower would be cookie consumption. That said, if I could pick one superpower, I’d want to be able to instantly travel in space.

How do you feel this project contributes to the empowerment of women?
It’s important that young girls have fierce and strong role models to look up to and that’s what this project is really about. These role models come in many forms, from fictional superheros to incredible businesswomen to strong female athletes.

Who’s your real-life superhero?
My mom is my real-life superhero. She’s one of the strongest women I know and is always there for me!

Who would be your sidekick?
Definitely my puppy, Joe. He would rock a superhero cape.

What is women’s biggest strength?
I think there’s power and strength in working together and supporting one another. Women bring so much to the table though that I couldn’t call out just one strength.


Elle UK February 2016

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Magazine: Elle UK (February 2016)
Title: Knowledge Is Power
Photographed by: Kai Z Feng
Styled by: Anne-Marie Curtis

Karlie Kloss is the face of generation slashie: a supermodel, entrepreneur, coder, student, baker, philanthropist and vlogger. As she expands her influence in the digital world, bringing together the sharpest female brains in technology for Elle, Lotte Jeffs meets her in new york and finds a woman on the verge of world domination.

Nobody panic, but Karlie Kloss is having an allergic reaction to glitter. She’s been spray painted with the stuff for a photoshoot in London and is, her agent tells me as I wait to interview her, currently being assessed by a medic because her throat has swollen up and she is ‘really not OK’. It turns out supermodels, like superheroes, have a weakness and if Karlie’s kryptonite is glitter, it’s so fabulously ‘fashion’ that I couldn’t possibly resent having to fly to New York the following week to meet her there instead.

The location is a hip cafe in the West Village where people order a single almond milk chai latte and spend all day sipping it while using the free Wi-Fi to work on their screenplay or start-up. Outside it’s raining and affluent-looking women in Lululemon leggings and Parkas carry their tiny dogs tight to their chests. This is Karlie’s neighbourhood, but my god is she sorry for making me come all the way here from England. As she wraps her long arms around me in a hug, which has caught me somewhat off guard, she can’t stop apologising. ‘Honestly,’ I say, `I’m very happy to be here.’ And I mean it.

Karlie Kloss has long been my favourite of the current crop of supermodels. If we were trading model Top Trumps I would always take a Karlie card over Jourdan, Natalia, Joan or even a high-scoring Cara. I mean, hello, she is studying computer coding and runs a scholarship, Kode With Karlie, which has given 21 young women across the US the opportunity to take the Flatiron School’s two week pre-college coding class. Plus, she’s smart. I later find out quite how smart as our conversation spans deep space, cyber apocalypse, codebreaker Alan Turing, and the democratising language of technology. (I also learn that she loves puppies, and hates wasting food, insisting on taking my half-eaten avocado toast and her cold undrunk coffee home in a paper bag.) It’s also quite unique the way Karlie can appear so edgy one minute -`like an alien’ as she puts it – and the next transform into that American girl-next-door who has a winning smile and probably a batch of cookies in the oven.

Talking of which, she hands me a bag containing a jar of Klossies, the vegan sugar-free cookies she developed with New York bakery Momofuku Milk Bar, the profits of which go to charities benefiting hungry children around the world.

It might not surprise you to learn that before we even start talking, I’m entirely won over by all 6ft in of her. But as much as I’m a sucker for a beautiful girl in tight (Frame) jeans, knee-high (Stuart Weitzman) boots and a figure-hugging Alexander Wang sweater, I’m also, ahem *gathers self*, a highly professional journalist. So as I stare into her deep green/grey eyes (stop it!), I ask her to explain to me once and for all what coding actually is because I hate to admit that I’m not sure I get it. ‘OK, so code is the language that writes the technology that we interact with,’ she explains between mouthfuls of scrambled egg whites. ‘It’s how computers understand commands and directions.

`Every device speaks this language and understand-ing it means you can build something that reaches many people. It doesn’t matter if you want to work in fashion or start a non-profit. With the ability to code you can problem solve in a really powerful way. Every industry is being transformed by technology and you either adapt or get left behind. So I think why coding has grown to be so powerful, especially for young women, is that it gives you the understanding and the skills to be a part of the change and a part of writing the future.’

The young guy in thick-rimmed spectacles sitting next to us types ever more frantically on his laptop and we notice he’s writing lines of code. Karlie turns to him, smiles and says, ‘Sorry to interrupt, but that’s so cool.’ His eyes widen as he recognises her and he turns back to his screen, thrilled but embarrassed, and probably itching to update his status to `supermodel compliment-ed my coding #yolo’.

Karlie, 23, was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to St Louis, Missouri, at the age of two. She’s the middle of three sisters: Kristine, 26, who lives in San Francisco and works in the fashion and tech industry; Kimberly, 20, who’s currently studying in Paris; and Kimberly’s twin, Kariann, who wants to be a vet (no one tell the Kardashians there’s a classier krowd in town!). Her dad, Kurt, is an emergency room doctor and her mum, Tracy, is a graphic artist who battled a very aggressive form of breast cancer while Karlie was growing up. This might go some way to explaining Karlie’s caring nature and maturity (and the fact that she clears all the plates away on our table before we leave the cafe). Here is someone who has done a lot of looking after and a lot of staying strong. `I’m very close with all of my sisters and my family, but I’m also very independently driven,’ she says. ‘I always felt I had more to prove. I was the bridge between the two, the older sister and the younger sisters, and I definitely think I’m the keeper-together.’

I really want to do it all. I have grand ambitions to have a successful career, personal life and make a meaningful impact

Karlie was spotted when she was 13-years-old at a charity fashion show in her hometown. Three years later, she signed with a modelling agency, walking 31 shows at New York Fashion Week including closing for Marc Jacobs.

At school she was also a high achiever, competing in football, tennis and swimming tournaments, and studying ballet. ‘I’m as competitive with myself as much as [I am] with other people and peers,’ she tells me. It’s clear her current success and influence is in no small part down to this drive (3.6 million Instagram followers; global ambassador for L’Oreal Paris; face of campaigns for Kate Spade, Jason Wu and Nike). ‘You know, I really want to do it all. I have grand ambitions to have a successful career, and have a successful personal life, and make a meaningful impact on the world…’

I certainly relate to this desire to ‘do it all’ and I’m sure many of you reading this do too, because for us millennials the pressure to take advantage of every possible opportunity that comes our way is real. We are indeed ‘generation slashie’ – but Karlie takes it to the extreme as a model/entrepreneur/philanthropist/ student/coder. She agrees that this endless drive to be `more than’ can be exhausting for any of us.

Karlie thinks back to the ELLE cover shoot: ‘OK, so I’m jet lagged to start with. We’re shooting and I have a speech I need to write because I’m presenting an award to Nick Knight at the British Fashion Awards later that evening, so I’m nervous about that. Then I have this [school] paper that’s hanging over my head that I’ve neglected to write. And I’m thinking I need to post a cover that just came out today on my Instagram, and I need to meet this person and I have this 10-page story and a cover to shoot right now and it’s all really important to me…’

I observed Karlie on the ELLE shoot and there was one brief moment when a tailor was called because her dress for the awards wasn’t fitting, and she still needed to write a speech, and the photographer still needed more pictures. She took herself quietly into the changing room only to re-emerge five minutes later with slightly smudged mascara, apologising for having had ‘a moment’.

If I were Karlie’s older sister I might worry she was heading for a burnout. But speaking to her today, there’s no sign of it. In front of me sits a woman who is taking great joy in doing it all. And doing it well.

Part of doing it all currently involves taking classes at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a small interdisciplinary college within New York University, as well as computer programming classes at the Flatiron School. And she’s enjoying getting to grips with a new kind of knowledge: ‘I grew up thinking that medicine was going to be my calling. I really love maths, science and logic, and now I’ve also been exposed to so much creative thinking in the fashion industry I feel both sides of my brain are being really stimulated. Fashion is very intertwined with tech – they interact on every level. It’s how consumers shop, it’s how people absorb media and content. So I think having a comprehension of how things are built helps you be part of the conversation.’ I ask what kind of student she is and she tells me that recently she hasn’t felt like a particularly responsible one. ‘Last night at 11pm, after presenting a Women of Worth award for L’Oreal [and looking dazzling in a white cut-out dress by New York designer Rosie Assoulin], I went home and wrote an essay until Sam because I’d left it until the last minute.’

Despite the late nights, Karlie says, ‘I love to learn, to understand things and why they work.’ And actually, she explains it’s this that interests her far more than being a consumer of technology. She claims to be ‘kind of old-fashioned’ in her communication and says that rather than interact on social media, she would ‘prefer to sit and have a conversation and feel present’ where she is. ‘As transformative and wonderful as technology is,’ she points out, ‘at times I think being so absorbed in these online personas can make it hard to exist in the actual moment.’

With the internet’s power comes, of course, a potential dark side and we discuss the possibility of a monumental cyber attack that would destroy the very infrastructure of modern life and business. Karlie is pragmatic: ‘I think the thing is, even if the online world collapsed we are the architects of it. Applications like Facebook or Instagram are individual buildings and the back end of the sites are the foundations of the building. We would rebuild because we have the knowl-edge and you can’t destroy knowledge.’

Karlie checks herself in for a digital detox once a week. `I will totally shut off and not post Instagrams or answer my emails. I think it’s important to step away for a minute and actually reconnect with people and reconnect with yourself. We live at a very fast pace and sometimes you can lose priorities and perspectives.’ Do her and her boyfriend of four years Joshua Kushner (an early investor in Instagram and co-founder of the digital health care start-up, Oscar) have a ‘no phones in the bedroom’ rule? She shakes her head. ‘I keep my phone pretty close to me.’ I ask if technology causes arguments between them, but she deftly deflects the question and instead I end up telling her that my partner and I fall out more over our addiction to our iPhones than we do anything else. Meanwhile, Karlie maintains the cool secrecy around her love life that comes from never speaking publicly about it. Told you she was smart.

Authenticity is what resonates with people. In fashion right now it’s about taking that fourth wall down

What she will say is this: ‘I definitely don’t like negative confrontation. I’m not great at arguing. I’m not good at getting into fights. I always lose and it makes me really uncomfortable. But I guess real, true relationships and friendships come with ups and downs so it’s about figuring out how to work with that. Sometimes those ups and downs bring you closer.’

And on the subject of friends, there’s one woman in her recent contacts the world really cares about: ‘Taylor [Swift] is someone I call if I want to have a fun night out as much as a cosy night in watching movies.’ Taylor has said that they were destined to become buddies: `I remember make-up artists and hair people going, “Doesn’t she remind you of Karlie? God, she and Karlie would be best friends.”‘ They met eventually through the model Lily Aldridge, and as Taylor has said: ‘We were just like, “You. My friend. Now.”‘ Karlie tells me, ‘We’ve had a lot of fun and adventures, both being glamorous and being normal twentysomethings.’

Her other great friend is society gadabout and writer Derek Blasberg, who you might be forgiven for surmising from his Instagram is a rent-a-GBF for the young international fashion crowd. But Karlie doesn’t see him like that: ‘Derek and I are from the same area in St Louis. [The 10-year-age gap meant they weren’t part of the same gang growing up.] I phone him when I need help with my homework, when I need a good laugh, or when I’m going home. We were just last night on the phone talking about our holiday plans and having a joint family bowling party’.

She’s a loyal friend and a good listener. Her peers from school have all just finished their fourth year of college and are now, as Karlie puts it, in the real world: ‘I’m so proud of them because they’re all starting their careers and this journey as an adult. I’ve been in the real world since we were in high school, so it’s funny; they watched me build this career in the real world and now it’s so exciting to watch them start theirs.’

As for the current obsession with being in a #girlsquad, she doesn’t seem as convinced as a certain Ms Swift. I get the sense that when Karlie calls you a friend she means it, whether it has a pithy hashtag or not. ‘If you have one person in your life that you connect with then you’re lucky. If you have a group of friends that you have that connection with then you’re especially lucky, and if you have people in your family you feel that way about then you’ve really won the game.’

She claims to be the same person with her home-town girlfriends as she is with her glamorous crowd of A-list besties, but says the only time she noticeably changes is when she takes on a character on a shoot or is about to step out on a runway: ‘I love the performance aspect of being a model, but otherwise I try to be who I am.’

It seems like the right time to ask about Victoria’s Secret (VS), which she walked in for four years before quitting Angel duties in February 2015. Why did she ditch such a big money gig (VS contracts can be worth millions of dollars), which co-starred some of her best buddies? ‘I don’t want to be too clean cut, and I don’t want to be what people think I should be or expect me to be. I didn’t necessarily feel like I was being entirely true to myself being in my underwear all the time.’

Incidentally, she calls herself a feminist. But a feminist in the way most people who don’t want to be branded bra-burners and man-haters do, by saying `I mean, any modern woman who cares about equality is a feminist in some way, shape or form.’

In the fashion world Karlie agrees ‘there’s this really wonderful moment right now that’s celebratory of difference and diversity’. She says, ‘I hope it’s not a trend, because it’s the way that women feel most beautiful, when they’re celebrating their uniqueness, their individuality. There are a lot of girls now with beautiful hair that isn’t being flat-ironed to look exactly like the girl next to her in the fashion show.’ She believes this proves that ‘authenticity is what actually resonates with people. In fashion right now it’s about taking that fourth wall down, and for models it’s really freeing.’

As she talks, I build up this idea of Karlie striding through life (literally, those legs!) trying tirelessly to be a good friend, a good sister, a good role model and super-model, a great business woman, fit and athletic but not too skinny, an excellent coder and baker of vegan cookies, and giver of awards and scholarships. It doesn’t sound like there’s much time for letting go or having fun. When I ask when she last had a hangover, she claims not for a long time and says she flies under the radar for her really fun nights out, which often happen back home where there are no waiting paparazzi to snap her rolling out of nightclubs. But right now, she’s got too much going on to risk a duvet day. Back on the subject of ‘doing it all’, Karlie makes the point that ‘it’s not necessarily enough to only be a great model these days, because if you are a great model you recognise all the things that you can do in addition to your job, and if you’re interested and inquisitive, well then the world’s your oyster.’

And it’s not just the world: there’s a whole galaxy out there. For the record, Karlie Kloss does want to go into space (just not, like, really deep space). ‘Consumer space travel is mindblowing but there’s a lot that needs to be worked out still. When you think about human evolution and how bodies adapt; our biology has never had to handle that kind of atmosphere. I wonder if we know enough yet about the implications it will have. I wouldn’t necessarily want to go all the way to Mars. The claustrophobia would be pret-ty real for me. I’d need a seat with extra leg room for sure.’

We leave the cafe for a stroll around her neighbour-hood once the rain has stopped. Karlie in the real world turns heads and I ask her what it’s like to be so conspicuous. ‘It was hard as a teen, being like a stick and awkward and tall and flat-chested and kind of alien looking. It definitely messes with your psyche, it makes you insecure. But I’ve learned to find confidence in what makes me different, because it’s fuelled me in my career, ironically. But being recognised on the street as Karlie Kloss? I mean, there’s no getting used to that.’

I don’t think the dog walker who Karlie stops to chat with about his two adorable puppies has the first clue that he’s currently talking breeding with a supermodel; she’s so easy and charming with him. We take selfies sitting on a bench with the dogs and then it’s time for Karlie to leave. She has a flight to catch and the whirlwind that is her life must maintain its momentum. We say goodbye (I’m more prepared for this embrace and take a millisecond to enjoy it), and after Karlie leaves me on the bench processing two hours in her presence, a bird on a ledge above me drops a load right where Karlie was sitting just moments earlier. It’s as though it’d been waiting patiently for her to leave all this time.

I look up at the bird and I think we agree: you couldn’t do that to Karlie Kloss. You just couldn’t.

Vogue Italia October 2014 Cover

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Magazine: Vogue Italia (October 2014)
Photographed by: Steven Meisel

Vogue Russia October 2014 Cover

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Magazine: Vogue Russia (October 2014)
Photographed by: Patrick Demarchelier

Lucky Magazine October 2014

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Magazine: Lucky Magazine (October 2014)
Title: A View From The Top
Photographed by: Paola Kudacki
Styled by: Karen Kaiser

It’s one of those late summer days in New York City when the humidity index lingers horrifyingly around 90 percent and the air feels like hot corn syrup. Karlie Kloss is in downtown Manhattan at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge—and so am I—but although we have both apparently arrived at our agreed-upon meeting place, it is proving impossible to find each other. Around 7,000 people cross the bridge each day, and a large portion of them have seemingly chosen this moment to clog the entrance. Rush hour is kicking into gear, vendors are hawking bottled water and fit-looking European tourists are zooming past on Citi Bikes. Finally a recognizable blond head appears six inches above the crowd, scanning the terrain. We spot each other and wave frantically. Karlie!

The plan is to stroll over the bridge, stop for ice cream and walk along the promenade until it gets dark or starts raining, whichever comes first. But it looks like we’ve wandered into hostile territory, because after exchanging hellos, Kloss says, “I’m afraid we’ve got company.” A good quarter of the surrounding people are not civilians but paparazzi, and they are hoisting video cameras overhead and snap-snap-snapping away at their target.

“Time for plan B,” Kloss says. “We’ll jump in a cab and go straight to ice cream.” We race over to the corner of Centre and Chambers, where, she reasons mid-stride, it’ll be easier to get a cab. The photographers follow in a loose, undulating pack on all sides, which feels like a combination of playing dodgeball in third grade and having that nightmare where you’re naked in public. But Kloss just smiles, hails a cab, apologizes 10 times and explains that the paparazzi chaos isn’t usual. “The thing is, I just had lunch with Taylor,” she says (see if you can guess which one), “and that’s where it got a little intense.” After hugging her best friend Ms. Swift goodbye in Tribeca, Kloss hopped on the subway and was trailed downtown, where she was photographed waiting patiently on a bench and then searching for me in pictures that popped up online exactly two hours later. But for now, we’re safe in an icebox-cold cab, hurtling across the East River to an ice cream joint for sanctuary. “Isn’t it crazy?” Kloss says.

Her skin and hair are golden, her Theory tee is ash-colored, her Ann Demeulemeester sandals are gray, and her skinny jeans—from the Forever Karlie collection she designed with Frame Denim—are white and very, very lengthy, all the better to suit her 6’ 1″ self. (The line is geared specifically toward tall girls.) The collaboration is just one of a handful that the Chicago-born and St. Louis–raised 22-year-old has launched over the past couple of years, along with her cookie partnership and sunglasses with Warby Parker. “I’m absolutely an entrepreneur at heart,” she says.
But she’s still very much a model, too, and one with an admirably diversified portfolio: a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2013 (she’s the youngest member of the pack), the first face of Chanel’s Coco Noir fragrance, a zillion magazine covers, a Nike campaign and regular appearances on runways from Isabel Marant to Oscar de la Renta. When she chopped her hair into a swingy chin-length bob in 2012, the event was newsworthy enough to warrant an 800-word article in The New York Times. “Supermodel” is definitely the appropriate term here.

At The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, mercifully, she’s left in peace: The median age in the room is 10 years old and even Kloss can’t divert attention from the prospect of banana splits. She gets in line and samples a couple of ice cream flavors, orders two scoops of coffee and chocolate chunk, asks the guy in front of her what flavor he ordered because it looks good, and then begins to regret her own order before rationalizing that we can always come back for seconds. Outside, the sky has turned an ominous yellowy-purple, but Kloss is prepared: “A five-dollar umbrella from the deli is a classic accessory—the most important accessory I can possibly walk out of the house with,” she declares, retrieving the item from a black Dolce & Gabbana Sicily bag (customized with a brass ‘for karlie’ nameplate from the designers).

Like many models’ careers, hers began with a fluke: A family friend asked Kloss, at the time a lanky sixth-grader, to participate in a fundraising fashion show where a scout happened to be in the audience. The rapid acceleration that followed—crack-of-dawn flights to New York, shoots with Steven Meisel, runway appearances at Calvin Klein—was a sharp contrast to Kloss’ normal schedule of ballet, homework and hanging out with her three sisters. “The night before photo shoots, I wasn’t going out to dinner or partying, so to pass the time, I’d make cookies with my red KitchenAid mixer,” says Kloss—an activity not exactly typical of many models. “It was my therapeutic evening routine. I was convinced that the only reason I kept getting booked for jobs was because I brought fresh-baked cookies with me.”

After a few years of this, Vogue creative director Grace Coddington pulled her aside and said, “Karlie, you have to do something with this. Fashion’s Night Out is coming up—maybe you can do a food truck.” (“Smart Grace!” Kloss says.) Soon after, she and Momofuku Milk Bar chef/owner Christina Tosi developed Karlie’s Kookies, which would marry Tosi’s Willy Wonka affinities with Kloss’ interest in nutrition. Her Perfect 10 Kookie—a hearty chocolate-chip-studded morsel—doubles as Kloss’ breakfast of choice. “It’s like having a little bit of oatmeal, a handful of almonds, a little sweetness,” she says. A far cry, to be sure, from the cookies she was raised on: “Growing up in the Midwest, I was never even aware of nutrition. Nobody was! I was a stick my entire life—a tall, skinny beanpole—and it didn’t matter if I ate candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Kloss says. “It wasn’t until I moved to New York that I realized food could not only taste good, but change how you feel.”

Off duty, Kloss’ style is ladylike but unsnobbish: floral rompers by Reformation, Repetto leather flats, crisp oxford shirts and simple black sweaters paired with twinkly diamond stud earrings. (She’s a fan of New York’s Citi Bike program, and her personal style seems ready-made for a spontaneous ride.) As someone who grew up wearing Limited Too shirts and Gap hand-me-downs, Kloss finds a princessy novelty in donning gold-lamé cloque and feather embroidery: “I remember the very first time I modeled for Marni. They gave me a voucher to spend at the store in Milan—everything was so beautiful, so expensive. I didn’t know where to start!”

The thrill of transformation has yet to wear off. After being mildly traumatized by an adolescent haircoloring incident (red dye, photo shoot), she was recently asked to lighten the ends of her sandy brown locks—and, for the first time in five years, agreed. “I thought, Yeah! Why not? Live a little. I can always dye it back,” Kloss says. “I sat down in the chair, and when I left I was completely blond.”

After the shock dissolved, she was into it: “Playing with your color or cut immediately changes how you dress, how you act, how you feel. It sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s the easiest way to transform yourself.” Besides, bleaching her (head) hair is way more fun than bleaching her eyebrows for shoots, which always makes it hard for her to look in the mirror without laughing. “Having your eyebrows bleached is … indescribable. It’s almost like your features are wiped away,” Kloss says. “The entire feng shui of your face is thrown off. Especially because I’m so expressive with my eyebrows—I feel incomplete.”

By necessity, Kloss has become an expert at life-hacking her time in the makeup chair: She books flights, reads, talks to her mom on the phone, taps out e-mails. “I’m more productive in the hair and makeup chair than anywhere else,” she muses. “Partly because I can’t move.” Another skill at which she’s attained black-belt status? Traveling. “I love a flight where there’s no Wi-Fi, no distractions. My ability to sleep on airplanes is my proudest skill.” For drifting off, Kloss has hammered out a surefire strategy: “I always bring an eye mask and an extra pair of socks in my purse, and I put them on before we take off. I get a window seat, and I take my six-plus feet of limbs and curl up into a ball.” A black Moleskine notebook filled with graph paper is always tucked into her bag for taking notes, organizing thoughts and writing down ideas for businesses. “I have a lot I want to do in the next five years,” Kloss says. “I keep my notebooks under lock and key because I don’t want anyone to know the things that go through my brain!”

While her brainstorming is done the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper, Kloss is ahead of the pack when it comes to social media. (Over a million followers click on her Instagram to watch her study on the Harvard campus, eat apple slices with crunchy peanut butter, doodle karlie <3 taylor in the sand at Big Sur and give designer Azzedine Alaïa a hug in Paris.) “Growing up, I never spent much time online. It wasn’t the way I was wired. But I’ve become much more savvy—and not just me, but the whole world.” (She gives Lucky’s editor Eva Chen credit for teaching her how to tweet—a lesson that took place years ago backstage at Jason Wu.) Our ice cream is long gone by the time thunder begins roiling above the Brooklyn Bridge, and Kloss is a quick draw with her deli umbrella. A taxi is flagged and Kloss jumps in so she can continue to the next item on her agenda: “Taylor and I are going to cook dinner tonight—it’s our girl’s day today.” She insists on giving me a ride home and then, when I refuse (it’s ridiculously out of her way), sticks her arm out the cab door to pass off the deli umbrella, so I can stay dry for the 30 seconds it takes until another taxi comes along. “But you’ll need this!” I yell as the cab rolls away, and Kloss makes a pssh face. “It’s only five dollars,” she calls back. “And such good karma!”


Vogue Netherlands October 2014

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Magazine: Vogue Netherlands (October 2014)
Title: Keeping Up With Karlie
Photographed by: Alique
Styled by: Saskia Van Langevelde

Vogue Italia September 2014

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Magazine: Vogue Italia (September 2014)
Photographed by: Steven Meisel
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Well, somehow every fashion magazine in the world got the memo that the September 2014 covers should consist of nothing but large groups of supermodels looking flawless. Vogue US, Vogue Japan and Vogue Korea got in on the multi-model action, and an above-average number of our favorite titles opted to put models on the cover instead of a celebrity, which is a rarity for such a tentpole issue. While we’ve loved them all, Vogue Italia just swooped in and blew the competition away with its Steven Meisel-shot September cover.

For the magazine’s 50th anniversary issue, Meisel shot 50 models — from legends and Victoria’s Secret Angels to the runway’s newest faces — in an epic pull-out cover and a sizable editorial to go along with it. Chances are, your favorite model made the cut, though a few of the industry’s top names are conspicuously absent, including Gisele Bündchen and Cara Delevingne, who racked up an impressive of fall ad campaigns and covers, respectively. It’s been quite a season for the supes of the ’80s and ’90s as well: Linda Evangelista and Carolyn Murphy also star in Jeremy Scott’s first campaign for Moschino, which was likewise shot by Meisel.


Vogue US September 2014 Cover

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Magazine: Vogue US (September 2014)
Photographed by: Mario Testino

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu have officially been dubbed “The Instagirls.” All savvy on social media, they’re building their own brands and single-handedly catapulting themselves to this generation’s version of supermodel status. Shot by Mario Testino for the September issue of Vogue, they’re the models of the moment wearing the clothes of the season.

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss Cover Vogue’s September 2014 Issue


The all-important September issues are beginning to be unveiled, and Vogue’s is the latest to make headlines.

Instead of throwing a celebrity on its biggest cover of the year like most publications typically do, Vogue opted for not one but three major models. Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss appear together on the cover of Vogue’s September issue and are touted as The Instagirls because of their countless Instagram followers.

“Models of the moment in the clothes of the season,” the cover reads.

Last year, Vogue put actress Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of its September issue, and in 2012, the glossy chose Lady Gaga to front its September issue cover.

Ten years ago in 2004, Vogue also put three models on the cover of its September issue. That year, Daria Werbowy, Natalia Vodianova and Gisele Bündchen appeared on the publication’s cover.


Vogue Brazil July 2014 Cover

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Magazine: Vogue Brazil (July 2014)
Photographed by: Henrique Gendre

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