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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!”

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Russell James Shoots Victoria’s Secret “Angels” Without Wings (Or Clothes) for His New Photo Book

A veteran photographer of Victoria’s Secret campaigns for the past 15 years, there are few people more qualified to shoot supermodels than Russell James. Name a model who has appeared in the brand’s catalogs and commercials during that time, and it’s very likely that James captured her. In a new hardcover photo book titled Angels, James shoots the ladies again, but the focus this time is the female form and not the sensual underwear.

The 304-page book of black-and-white nudes features some of the biggest names in modeling, including Gisele Bundchen, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio and Rihanna.

“Simply shooting a nude photograph is easy,” James told the Independent, “however, accepting the trust of a woman to be at her most vulnerable, and delivering in return a tasteful photograph that she herself can admire is extremely hard.” We imagine that his reputation as a great photographer made it a little easier to get the women whom he calls “some of the most beautiful in the world” to pose for these shots. Either way, the resulting images are beautiful.

The book will be released on Oct. 15, but you can pre-order a copy today.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Karlie Kloss’s 3-D Printing Fashion Shoot

Last Saturday, Karlie Kloss showed some leg on the Great Wall of China. On Sunday, she perched atop the Acropolis in Athens. By Monday she had made it back stateside to pose pretty in Marfa, Texas. And wouldn’t you know, she was a complete professional: never jet-lagged, never puffy or tired, and not a single complaint! You could say she was a complete doll. Not least because, well, she was. Before taking the planet by storm, Kloss was scanned in multiple couture looks at a New York studio and converted into a miniature doll by a 3-D printer. The technology has already made appearances in the fashion world (diamond-encrusted angel wings on the Victoria’s Secret runway, and in the futuristic designs of Iris van Herpen), but has not been used in place of a model—until now.

To be scanned for the final product, Kloss was made to stand in a 20-foot circular structure embedded with close to 100 cameras to capture her movements in 360 degrees. The technology also replaced the traditional idea of a fashion photographer, leaving Kloss to think of poses on her own. “On a normal photo shoot you’re interacting with everyone and the photographer is giving you direction,” says Kloss. “On this shoot, it was just like ‘3, 2, 1, go!’ and I’m in a circular dome by myself making it up as I go. I have no idea if I’m doing the right or wrong thing.” The precise nature of the technology also meant that there was little room for error. “It also changed for the stylist Karen Kaiser. She couldn’t put pins or clamps into the clothing because whatever it looked like in person is what it looked like in the 3-D prints. If a shoe was too small and my toe was coming out over the edge, you could see that. There is no Photoshop in 3-D printing,” she says. “You really had to be perfected: the hair, makeup, and clothes—everything had to be exact. It was pretty cool because it forces you to be more precise at your job, and it was a new challenge that everyone was trying to adjust to.”

As for the future of 3-D printing in fashion? Kloss predicts it will become more commonly used in the modeling world. “As the technology becomes more precise and more powerful, maybe my job will be entirely replaced. Maybe I’ll have a 3-D print of myself that a company will use for their advertising campaigns and I will never have to show up to work, which sounds like a good deal,” she says, laughing. “I should probably patent my 3-D print before this technology gets further advanced!”

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Karlie Kloss 3-D Printing Journey

Please, don’t feel bad or even somehow less dimensional if you have been living in only a small number of dimensions, but just so you know, it is already a 3-D world. Thus we are tantalizingly close to this scenario: on a Saturday morning, you are home shopping for something to wear this Sunday while driving your solar car to the country, and you send your perfect body scan out virtual shopping, which is another way of saying that your favorite designer can dress the scan so that you can then—hold on to your personal jet pack—use your 3-D printer to print out that ribbed turtle neck and ankle boots.

How close are we to that scenario becoming reality? Well, we have the tools, as this perfect 3-D scan and subsequent 3-D printing of the 3-D Karlie Kloss proves. But as to just when we will be able to use them, that depends. It’s true that our 3-D Karlie is just a little bit ahead of the virtual shopping curve, ahead of the whole world, in fact. But let’s look and see how far, and let’s start by examining Karlie and her scan.

Here’s how Karlie’s scan went. She showed up in a studio in (the actual) New York City where she was surrounded by a 20-foot circle of a battery of close to 100 cameras, all of the shutters simultaneously opening and closing. (Note that this process replaces a more time-consuming process wherein the subject had to sit still for several minutes—impractical because movie stars, in Raphael’s words, “can’t sit still.”) Next, software coordinates the one hundred or so Karlie photographs, arranging them and preparing them for their 3-D moment. Finally, that gigantic file is sent to the 3-D printer, to print (on Vogue.com’s behalf) the six-inch-tall Karlies that thereafter were sent around the world because—well, why not?

Everywhere, scans are happening. Remember when Levi’s did a 3-D test run in several of their stores, scanning customers to determine their precise jean fit? But most fashion companies are not prepared to receive a 3-D digital image that takes up more storage space than all the photos you took on your phone last year. “We’re not there yet,” says Raphael, “but we’re going to be.”
On the 3-D printing side, we are likewise close. Duann Scott, an industrial designer with Shapeways, the 3-D printing company which printed the 3-D Karlies, describes 3-D printing as a kind of coup by designers who took over a tool used for decades almost solely by architects and engineers printing prototypes. “Those engineers had access to it for 20 years and they did really boring stuff,” says Scott. “They did technical things. They did nothing creative.” (That seems a little tough; one person’s boring sandal, after all, is another person’s supercool Birkenstock.) Besides, when non-architects initially got ahold of them, they printed out not-so-creative things too, like lots of iPhone cases. “But then,” Scott continues, “the people who are on the intersection of geeky math and design or fashion started saying, How can we make beautiful things or functional things that use the same complexity?”

At the moment, however, the 3-D world is best experienced via accessories—perhaps you have seen Shapeways’ 3-D printed jewelry on sale at Neiman Marcus, wildly multidimensional pieces. Speaking of which, those diamond-encrusted wings worn by Lindsay Ellingson in last year’s Victoria’s Secret show were printed out by Shapeways.
We should note, some merchants are (understandably) hesitant about the idea of 3-D customers out trying on clothes in the virtual world. Not long ago, I happened to be talking to Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal, who is considered quite progressive-thinking in terms of the Internet and fashion, and she was not too enthusiastic about the idea of shopping by scan. “To me it feels really unnatural, inhuman,” she said. “It takes the fun out of shopping. I don’t want to drag and drop my outfit onto myself.” We should also note that at this point, the clothing that is 3-D printed will likely be (very) forward-looking. “To be honest,” says Shapeways’ Scott, “with the current materials available, the dresses are going to be very avant-garde.”

Which brings us to threeASFOUR, the never-not-innovative fashion collective who have been playing with 3-D for a while now on their runway. “We felt that 3-D printing was allowing us to create new weaves that are not possible with traditional weaving techniques or traditional knitting techniques,” says designer Gabriel Asfour. Give these designers technical lemons and watch them make a shape-shifting 3-D lemonade. “We wanted to create something that moves,” says Asfour, “that when you move, it moves with your body as well, so the best way to do this is with a weave, a new kind of weave—a future weave, I will say.”

“Now we are thinking about pieces that are still avant-garde,” says co-designer Adi Gil, “but that you could wear over a dress. Kind of an accessory meets garment, and more accessories, and that’s what we want to do.” And yes, it’s not quite ready. “It’s still in a way no wearable material—yet,” Adi continues, “but if this is the next step, it’s gonna get there.”

Below, a look at Karlie Kloss’s epic 3-D fashion adventure around the world.

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In the last 80 days, a small army of miniature 3-D printed Karlie Kloss dolls have traveled the world over, clocking up enough air miles and sporting enough head-turning fashion to leave Phileas Fogg and his hot-air balloon in the dust. First sightings of the tiny sculptures were first reported in San Francisco two months back, where she was seen roaming the grounds of Golden Gate Park with Alex Wang’s coveted new utility bags. Then images of the stylish Mini-Mes started flooding in from famous landmarks across the globe (one Fausto Puglisi–clad doll attracted enough attention she had to be escorted off the premises at the Acropolis), and it wasn’t long before her chic footprints were being captured on the moon. To give you a sense of Karlie Kloss’s epic 3-D fashion adventure, we’ve done the math on her journey from all angles, charting everything from her air miles down to the tally of small doll parts that were broken along the way.

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Karlie Kloss joins Forbes Highest Paid Models List for first time

Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn are among the models who have officially made their debuts on Forbes’ highest-paid models list. As always, the list was topped by Gisele Bundchen by a huge margin – $47 million to second-place model Doutzen Kroes’ $8 million. However, the newcomers made a strong showing – will one of them take Gisele’s place in a few years?

Kate Upton was the highest-earning newcomer on the list, placing at the same level as Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr with $7 million. Forbes notes that Kate is also one of only five models on the list who has never been a Victoria’s Secret Angel – in fact, she’s never even worked with the brand (at least, not on purpose). Kate’s earnings come from her Sports Illustrated covers, her new movie “The Other Woman” and her new campaigns for Bobbi Brown and Express, as well as her continuing campaigns for Sam Edelman, David Yurman and Accessorize.

Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn both entered the list with about $4 million. Karlie’s cash comes from her work with Victoria’s Secret, Jean Paul Gaultier, Coach, Neiman Marcus and more, while Jourdan’s biggest clients include Maybelline, Burberry English Rose Makeup, Express, H&M, Topshop and Target. Jourdan was also the highest-earning black model and one of only two black models to make the list (Joan Smalls placed behind her with $3 million).

Jourdan’s bestie, Cara Delevingne – they even have matching DD tattoos! – was a few steps behind with $3.5 million, thanks to her campaigns for Burberry, YSL, DKNY, Mulberry and La Perla.

Speaking to Forbes, senior vice-president and managing director of IMG Models linked the rich list newcomers to their social media presence, saying: “The first question from brands these days is immediately, ‘how many followers do they have?’ Models can be more famous than a lot of celebrities out there because they have such a large following.”

Delevingne leads the social media model pack with over 6 million followers on Instagram, while Upton and Kloss both boast over 1.1 million.

Other newcomers to the list include Anja Rubik with $3.5 million and Lindsey Wixon with $3 million. Forbes projects that Kendall Jenner and Fei Fei Sun may join the list next year.

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

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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.

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Karlie Kloss’ Last Photoshoot Will Turn Your Stone Cold Heart to Mush

The world didn’t need yet another reason to love Karlie Kloss. She’s a gorgeous girl with a great attitude and she makes kookies– delicious cookies that help give healthy meals to the needy–she’s basically perfect. But Karlie’s penchant for charitable causes goes beyond yummy confections. The Victoria’s Secret model teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a young cancer patient’s dreams of posing with a high fashion model come true.

Kloss recently wrapped up the sponsored shoot, which granted Karissa a chance to serve face alongside one of her favorite models. Kloss documented parts of the day on Instagram, posting a behind-the-scenes shot of a beaming Karissa and herself during some downtime at the shoot. “I am incredibly inspired by the strength and beauty of this gorgeous young woman,” the model captioned the sweet Instagram photo.

Karissa’s mother also documented the day on her Instagram feed, and judging from her pictures, the day was pretty awesome for the Make-A-Wish winner. They were treated to a limo ride, a sweet manicure courtesy of Deborah Lippmann, a meal with Karlie and of course–a little time in front of the camera. Karlie posted two images from the shoot to her Instagram and they’re gorgeous, naturally. Karissa serves up Mary J. Blige realness with a crop of blonde locks, positively beaming. We know Karlie’s a professional model and all, but our eyes were definitely on Karissa, who comes alive in the shots.

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Karlie Kloss’s Secret to Staying Fit

You would think that having a job that requires posing in skimpy outfits and lingerie would be motivation enough to stick with a strict exercise regimen, but even a supermodel like Karlie Kloss needs a nudge sometimes. To keep herself on track, Kloss relies on a workout mantra: “’A body in motion stays in motion.’ I have a lot of body, so I like to keep it moving,” said Kloss. Whether that means putting the pedal to the metal at SoulCycle or hitting the barre to lengthen and strengthen, the former ballerina says that switching up your routine is key to keeping your muscles guessing. Having a chic fitness wardrobe doesn’t hurt, either. After teaming up with Nike for Fall 2014, Kloss has plenty of options—including the brand’s new Pro Rival Bra ($65, seen here, available July 14). And if it wasn’t enough that the woman makes spandex look runway-worthy, she’s also a morning person—she hits the gym while most of us are still in bed. To discover more of her secrets, watch the exclusive video below:

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Karlie Kloss Got Paid to Work Out

Does that Karlie Kloss ever stop moving? Only yesterday she was spinning around inside a geo-dome for Donna Karan; today, she’s starring in Nike’s fall/winter concept shoot, looking like the girl in your exercise class who always has perfect form. The ModelFit enthusiast chatted with the Cut about the “athleisure” trend and how studying ballet helped her become a better model.

What was your experience on the photo shoot like?
It was the best workday! I got to work with one of the best Nike master trainers in the business, Traci Copeland, and had a great time on set with the team. Instead of hitting the gym in the morning and then heading to work, I spent the day working out and moving. It was the best day at the office I could have hoped for.

What do you think about this new movement where activewear is being elevated to luxury status? We’re seeing sneakers on the couture runway, and Net-a-Porter just launched a special site for activewear.
I am constantly running around New York City and on the go. I don’t always have time to change after a workout, so I think it’s great to have workoutwear that is functional but also chic.

How do you mix activewear with ready-to-wear pieces in your daily life?
Nikes are not only some of the most functional athletic footwear in the world, but they’re incredibly chic. Nike does a really great job marrying fashion with fitness and innovation. Their fashion collaborations have really elevated the everyday sneaker. I’m a huge fan of the collaboration Nike did with Riccardo Tisci, Nike + R.T.

What’s your favorite workout?
My favorite workout is a classical ballet class. It’s one of the most challenging workouts that my body has been through. It was such a formative part of my life growing up. I find lessons from my ballet training in every movement, pose, or walk I do for shoots and on the runway.

Do you ever work out with friends?
It’s fun going to classes and hitting the gym with friends, but I cherish my workout routine as much-needed personal time to regroup and focus on me.

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Karlie Kloss Shares Her Summertime Fitness Tips

“Summer is my favorite time of year,” says Karlie Kloss, the 21-year-old supermodel whose cropped, tousled hair was the coveted cut of the year in 2013, and is again making headlines this season for its new, summery blond hue. “Because of the nice weather, I can spend my free time outside moving and staying active.”

Kloss isn’t shy about her healthy habits: a vocal vegetarian, she designed dairy- and gluten-free cookies with Christina Tosi for Momofuku Milk Bar (a portion of the proceeds are donated to hunger relief). She also Instagrams frequent evidence of balanced eating and hours clocked at the gym, like this morning’s posts of her recent workout in New York City with the Nike Training Club master trainer Traci Copeland, during which she test-drove Nike’s upcoming fall 2014 collection.

Here, the classically trained ballerina answers T’s questions about how she maintains her physique, what motivates her to stay in shape (aside from, of course, her job) and which fitness goal she has yet to reach.

How often do you exercise?
I like to work out at least five days a week with a good balance of cardio and weight training.

Working out: better with friends? Or alone?
I actually take ballet with friends whenever we can coordinate schedules! Going with a friend makes it more fun. I like to switch it up. I think that’s the best way to really challenge your body and to become stronger in every way. That said, I think it’s so important that your workout routine is not dependent on someone else’s schedule. For me, exercise is an opportunity to get away from everything and focus on myself. It keeps me centered, and it’s the one or so hour in my day when I can clear my mind and just focus on movement.

As a classically trained ballerina, how do you feel about the ballet-barre fitness craze?
Ballerinas are incredible athletes. Ballet focuses on strength, length and balance — the perfect combination for a workout. I think it’s great that ballet barre is bringing ballet disciplines to the gym.

Do you prefer outdoor exercise, or in-gym sessions?
Both! During the cold, snowy winter months in New York, there’s no other option but to head to the gym. When it starts to get nice out, I love to take advantage of the beautiful weather and exercise outdoors by going on a hike or bike ride.

What motivates you to stay fit?
Being strong both physically and mentally. I exercise to challenge my body to reach new goals. Movement feeds my mind and gives me energy throughout the day.

Have you made any lifestyle changes to help increase your fitness level?
I’ve learned that there are so many easy ways to incorporate movement into your everyday life. Instead of taking an escalator, I’ll take the stairs. I try to walk instead of taking the subway or a cab. It’s all about staying in motion.

Do you favor protein shakes? Juice cleanses? Or just maintaining a healthy diet?
Healthy diet! It’s so important to nurture your body, especially when you’re exercising and moving constantly. Your body needs fuel to stay healthy and strong. Nothing can substitute for a balanced diet.

Yoga or Pilates?
I enjoy yoga, but I’m a huge Pilates fan. Pilates relies on isolated, controlled movement and has allowed me to build up my core and strengthen my legs and arms.

When you’re not feeling your best, physically, what do you do to set yourself right again?
I’ve recently started meditating. I was a skeptic about the whole process at first but finally decided to try it and found it incredibly relaxing. Being able to center your mind translates to equalizing your body.

What’s one exercise you can’t live without?
Ballet! It’s how I grew up, exercising and moving. Though I’m a Pilates and Soul Cycle regular, dance and ballet will always be a huge part of my exercise routine and life.

Are there any fitness goals you just can’t seem to reach — or do you have a special trick for reaching them?
One fitness and life goal I’ve yet to accomplish is running a marathon. It’s on my bucket list. It is such an amazing accomplishment for the body and mind. You need incredible determination!

Beauty-wise, are there any products you keep on hand — or on your body — when you’re being active outdoors?
I always wash my face before and after a workout. It helps me avoid breakouts and keeps my skin fresh and clean.

Any wellness apps you can’t live without?
I’m a big fan of Nike Training Club. It’s convenient and easy to use, a great substitute for a personal trainer. I use the app mostly when I travel and can’t make it to a gym for a workout.

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