Karlie Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American model and entrepreneur. She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2011 until 2015, taking a two-year hiatus in 2015 and 2016 to study at New York University.
In 2006, at the age of 14, Kloss posed for a cover and editorial shoot for the June issue of Scene Magazine in Chicago with photographer David Leslie Anthony, in an editorial spread titled “Almost Famous”. Elite Chicago (now Factor Women) then forwarded these tear sheets to Elite NY, who then brought Kloss to New York.
In 2015, Kloss and one of her best friends, Taylor Swift, covered the March issue of American Vogue together. Kloss also starred in the music video for Chic’s “I’ll Be There”, which was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Kloss also portrayed the role of “Knockout” in the music video for Swift’s song “Bad Blood” which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Kloss appeared in several video segments during Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour and appeared live on stage with Swift at the performance of June 27, 2015 at London’s Hyde Park, as well as on July 11, 2015, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In Fall 2017, Kloss announced her TV show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss, coming to Freeform in the winter of 2017.
In April 2018, Kloss was announced as Estée Lauder’s newest Global spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador. As an entrepreneurial philanthropist, she embodies the Estée Lauder image. The company is committed to supporting her initiative “Kode for Klossy” through scholarships and events.
In October 2018, Kloss confirmed that she would be stepping in Heidi Klum’s shoes on Project Runway’s season 17 as the host and executive producer. She said, “could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams.”