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Elle Style Awards 2016

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LONDON, FEBRUARY 23: Karlie Kloss attends The Elle Style Awards 2016 on February 23, 2016 in London, England.

This week our March cover star Karlie Kloss took home the award for ‘Inspiring Woman Of The Year’. And while receiving the award she did something very special. She made a speech, which made the whole room at the Tate Britain feel, well really very empowered.

Here’s what she said;

I am humbled to be here tonight because of what this award means. I see it as something much bigger than me as I am constantly inspired by the brilliant, beautiful women I encounter every day, everywhere. They each have their own powerful, unique stories that contribute to our vibrant world.

I want to take a moment to speak to those women, I want you to know that THIS – passion, curiosity – is the most stylish and beautiful part of us. Be courageous, be curious. Be you.

Thank you again ELLE for this award and for reminding us that a woman’s intellect never goes out of style.’

Amen to that Karlie!

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Master Multitasker Karlie Kloss Believes in Procrastination

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!

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Karlie Kloss To Win ELLE UK’s ‘Inspiring Woman Of The Year’ 2016

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Congratulations to supermodel and tech entrepreneur, Karlie Kloss, who is ELLE UK’s Inspiring Woman of The Year!

Karlie will formally receive her award at the ELLE Style Awards 2016, the official closing party for London Fashion Week, taking place next Tuesday, February 23.

The ‘Inspiring Woman of the Year’ category is a new addition to the annual ELLE Style Awards that honours and recognises Kloss’s motivating contribution to the industry as well as her entrepreneurial and philanthropic work.

Karlie Kloss has launched various charitable initiatives including her scholarship programme ‘Kode with Karlie’ that inspires a new generation of women to learn to code.

The influential supermodel has graced international catwalks and has long been a favourite of ELLE UK, appearing on the cover and guest editing its Tech Trailblazers March Issue.

The ELLE Style Awards, in association with H&M, is a fabulous way to bring London Fashion Week to a close, with film stars, pop royalty and fashion industry luminaries coming together to celebrate style in all its many, brilliant and exhilarating forms.

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Karlie Kloss Shares Her Secret Energy-Boosting Smoothie Recipe Backstage at Ralph Lauren

“I might not look good in this light!” That’s Karlie Kloss, backstage at Ralph Lauren, pressed cheek to cheek with Tom Pecheux for a post-makeup selfie. The idea that Kloss would look bad in any light is, of course, absurd, but today the supermodel looks particularly fresh-faced, despite the 7:00 a.m. call time—with the kind of flawless complexion that cannot be created with bronzer alone.

“I haven’t been sleeping as much as I would like,” she confesses. So what’s the secret to Kloss’s upbeat mood and ever-present glow? A simple energy-boosting smoothie, blended at her West Village home a few hours earlier, that uses three ingredients and takes all of two minutes to prepare: Frozen bananas, a little bit of almond milk, and a dash of protein powder. “When you start the day running out the door, it’s nice to have something with substance,” Kloss says, taking a sip from the clear plastic cup. “It’s super quick. Frozen bananas alone, actually, blended are amazing, but you can add a little almond milk and protein powder, then you are good to go!”

As for the Zen attitude she maintains throughout New York Fashion Week, Kloss has been relying on Headspace, a guided meditation app that leads you through brief focused breaths and mindfulness exercises. “I always stick in my headphones when I’m in hair and makeup and take 10 minutes for myself,” she explains. “It’s really nice to be able to center yourself and have a little peace of mind.” Sound advice to take with you to London Fashion Week and beyond.

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Karlie Kloss tells all!

Our one-on-one with the gorgeous model.

The gorgeous face of L’Oréal Paris dishes on everything from fashion, beauty, friends, food and more! And, yes, she’s just as sweet as she looks.

You travel so much for work. What’s your packing strategy?
With my passport in hand, my laptop and my suitcase, I can literally travel the world on a whim. I love travelling light. I store everything in different pouches. Keeping everything separate helps, especially when you’re gone for a long time.

Do you change your style depending on the city you’re in or do you stick to a similar look?
I try to just bring key basics, like great sweaters that I can layer. I also like to pack a great pair of boots, heels, flats, jeans, a trench coat and a lot of accessories to sort of mix and match.

What about beauty products? What are your must-haves when you’re travelling?
I’m all about BB cream, because it’s moisturizing but also has light coverage. I love a cream blush to sculpt my cheeks and a cream shadow to smudge along my lash line. Then, I do either a liquid liner or a pencil. It’s easy, but it looks cool. I sometimes use cream blush on my lips or lipstick on my cheeks. I’ll apply concealer under my eyes and on spots but also on my lips, since they’re quite red and I like to make them more nude sometimes.

Any other makeup essentials?
I’m obsessed with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($14.99). It has been game-changing for me because I don’t have very long lashes and it really picks up the small guys.

Do you have any tricks for taking your makeup from day to night?
I always love a bold lip for nighttime. I feel that it’s a little more dramatic. I love classic reds or deep purples.

Any fashion items on your wish list?
I’m all about boots. I love knee-high suede boots. I’ve been eyeing a few chic ones. I love ’70s silhouettes, colours and the kind of vibe that’s been on the runways. I have some shopping to do!

You attended the VMAs with your friend Taylor Swift and the rest of the Bad Blood squad. How was that?
That was a really fun girls’ night out! I hadn’t seen a lot of my friends for a while, so it was so great to all come back together and have a girls’ night.

Do you guys ever get ready together before a big event like that?
That’s what we did! We all got ready together, which was a bit chaotic. I grew up in a house of girls. I have three sisters, and we would all just share clothes and makeup. It felt a little bit like that when we were all getting ready. It was like prom or getting ready for a school dance.

Fave accounts to follow?
I like following NASA, L’Oréal Paris, fashion publications and The Wall Street Journal. I also really love to follow food blogs and chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay to get good recipes. Eva Longoria is hysterical – I’m obsessed with her! I really got to know her at the last Cannes Film Festival. She’s brilliant! I also love mindbodygreen. And National Geographic is another great one.

Your fave foods?
I’m such a foodie! I love avocado, pomegranate, watermelon, fresh fish and anything that’s in season. All sorts of healthy super-foods.

Do you have a signature dish that you make?
I like taking very fresh ingredients and keeping it simple, like grilled fresh fish and veggies. I love veggies. I sometimes throw some in my Vitamix and it becomes a delicious soup!

Five little things that will always make you happy?
Dark chocolate, holidays, a good night’s sleep (at least eight hours of sleep makes me so happy), finishing a good book and that feeling after a long run.

Your current girl crush?
Jane Fonda.

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Adidas Spring/Summer 2016 “I’m Here to Create”

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Teen Vogue: Why is working out important to you?
Karlie Kloss: Working out helps me feel productive and healthy, both mentally and physically. Nothing is better than working up a good sweat to keep that balance.

TV: What are your favorite workouts and why are they your faves?
KK: I love mixing it up—spin class, plyometrics workouts, or a hike with friends are my go-told. My current favorites are boxing for high intensity and pilates for lengthening.

TV: How do you make time to work out with such a hectic schedule?
KK: I cherish my workouts. They recharge me mentally and physically so I do my best to prioritize them, even if it’s a quick sweat in a hotel gym with hand weights and stretch bands.

TV: What inspiration do you want to give young girls with this adidas campaign and your other ventures, like Kode with Karlie and Klossies?
KK: I love that this campaign highlights a group of strong, intelligent women who stand for so much, whether as an athlete, an activist, a student, a sister—we can be whatever we want, all at once. It celebrates the complexity that makes each of us different.

TV: What’s your go-to workout outfit that transitions from the gym to streetwear?
KK: I love a cool pair of patterned leggings with a sweater or light jacket when I’m on the go. As of late I’ve been rocking my Adidas Ultimate Fit High-Rise Long Tights. They’re great for high-impact workouts.

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Garage Magazine Spring/Summer 2016

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Magazine: Garage Magazine (Spring/Summer 2015)
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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.

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Joe Fresh Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

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Season: Spring/Summer 2016
Photographed by: Johan Sandberg

CATCHING UP WITH KARLIE
Karlie Kloss opens up about vlogging, visiting Nova Scotia and her spring style musts.

Hey Karlie Kloss fans! Your favourite supermodel is back with Joe Fresh for our new spring campaign, which features a floral backdrop almost as pretty as Karlie herself. While shooting in New York—along with fellow supermodel Liya Kebede—we had the chance to sit with Karlie during some downtime and got the latest scoop on her many projects. She talked to us about her adventures in vlogging, reading her fan comments and a recent trip up North to beautiful Nova Scotia.

JF: Hi Karlie! So what are your biggest goals for 2016?
KK: My biggest goal for 2016 is kind to keep building out all the projects that I have on my plate right now. I started at NYU this past fall and the past few months I have been in class—so I have to balance that life with my work and traveling. I also have a few other initiatives: I started a non-profit called Kode with Karlie that creates scholarships for girls to learn how to code and bring awareness and advocacy to the space. I want to get more girls involved and be able to sponsor more girls.

JF: What about Klossy, your YouTube channel?
KK: That’s a really fun project—it’s a big one. It’s been a lot of fun to slowly test different things on it. It’s very homemade and personal. It’s very straight from me to whoever is watching. It’s in my kitchen, it’s in my house, it’s backstage at shows with me. It’s a fun window into my world and a way to share a little more than just an Instagram picture or a Tweet. I feel like I get to do some amazing things and I get to experience so much, and I want to bring other people along with me.

JF: Do you read your fan comments on the videos?
KK: Oh my God yes, I read all the comments! It’s really amazing. There’s really a nice community feel. It definitely feels a lot more intimate than any other platform so it’s been fun and a new experience… And I’ve found there’s really no rhyme or reason why some things are really successful and go viral. There are no rules, which makes it interesting.

JF: We saw that you went to Canada a few months back and shot for Vogue in Nova Scotia. How was that experience?
KK: Oh my gosh I loved Canada! It was so beautiful—I mean just the raw nature and raw beauty. It took a while to get to—we were at this very remote place in Nova Scotia [Cap D’or on the Bay of Fundy] with a lighthouse. It was famous for whale watching. It’s a spot where where all these different sea currents come together. We were elevated and you had this unbelievable view of the ocean and it’s completely untouched. In Canada, I think people really value and respect the land, and spend a lot of time outdoors. I think it’s really wonderful to spend time there.

JF: Spring is around the corner. What are some of your favourite things about the season?
KK: I love the spring because it’s sort of that in-between season. It’s not hot but it still has that optimism of getting sunnier and warmer and the days are longer. This spring collection has lots of light dresses that are perfect for a brunch with friends—comfortable and light and great for layering with sweaters. I love that Joe Fresh has really good sweaters, blouses and T-shirts—the kind of stuff you can wear year round.

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Diane Von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign

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Season: Spring/Summer 2016
Photographed by: Angelo Pennetta

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: KARLIE ON KARLIE

What was your first interaction with the DVF brand?
I fell in love with the DVF brand during my first runway show. The beauty of the brand is that everyone feels Diane’s magic whenever they wear the clothes—on or off the runway.

What makes the House of DVF relevant today?
I think House of DVF is relevant to today because it embodies the importance of self-care and self-confidence. When you’re comfortable with being yourself, you’re able to make so much more of life and the relationships you have. It’s always relevant to be grateful, creative, bold and – most importantly – yourself.

The first time you met Diane, what was she doing?
The first time I met Diane was at a casting call—one of my first ever. I was nervous to have a meeting with such an iconic designer and she completely put me at ease with her exuberant smile and kindness. She’s been a very special presence in my life ever since.

How are you the woman you want to be?
My curiosity and desire to continue learning helps me be the woman I want to be.

What inspires you, and how do you inspire?
Learning new things, tapping into my creative side, and helping others inspire me.

What is the most inspiring thing Diane has ever said to you?
Diane once told me that it’s a true privilege and duty to use your voice to help and support people who may not have a voice. Seeing her live this value every day by sharing her platform and giving back is very cool.

My real life Wonder Woman is…
…My mom. She’s is one of the strongest people I know and created so many opportunities for my sisters and me to pursue our passions.

This is your second campaign for DVF, and you have walked for the House for many seasons. How has your relationship with DVF and with Diane evolved over the years?
Diane has been such a powerful figure in my life. She embodies the woman I aspire to be. She’s been an incredible mentor and friend and for as long as I’ve known her, she has supported me and encouraged me to challenge myself in ways I didn’t know were possible.

What’s one new thing you’re in love with right now?
Right now, I’m completely obsessed with the iPad I got as a holiday present. I take it with me everywhere 🙂

Can you name one woman around you who is working magic?
Christy Turlington Burns. She has figured out how to balance all aspects of life which is truly magic! I respect and admire her so much not only for her career, but also because she was able to go back to school and have a family while founding Every Mother Counts. That women really does it all!

What does it mean to be self-made?
Self-made = some serious hustle.

What inspires you to have no fear?
Ha! Who says I have no fear? When I’m scared, I try to imagine the worst that can happen and often times I realize I can handle it. My family, friends and mentors give me strength to take risks because I know they’ll always be there to support me.

What does #youbeyou mean to you? Why is this rallying cry important right now?
It means be YOU! There is only one of you and we all need to celebrate what makes us different.

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.

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