An Ode To Karlie Kloss – Birthday Girl, Supermodel And All-Round Super Human

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  • Cue the Klossary, our ultimate guide to the truly modern supermodel…

    Karlie Kloss’s CV reads like a dream – supermodel, baker, student, squad leader and now Vlogger. And as she reaches the grand old age of 23 today, we can’t help but marvel at her unstoppable career and endless achievements. Cue the Klossary, our ultimate guide (and ode) to the truly modern supermodel…

    She’s Been Killing It On The Katwalk For Seven Years Now
    …And she’s earned every second of her success. Missouri-raised Karlie wasn’t born into a famous family and was discovered the old fashioned way, at a charity fashion show at the age of 13. Her first catwalk season came in 2008, aged 16, and she was so in demand that she walked 31 shows in New York alone. KK has never looked back, working with some of the world’s biggest brands from Victoria’s Secret, to Kate Spade, to L’Oreal.

    She Does Koding
    After taking some coding classes herself last summer, Karlie was so inspired that she’s encouraging others to do the same. The Kode With Karlie scholarship launched in April this year, allowing 20 girls aged between 13 and 18 to develop computer programming skills – an amazing move to help balance the male dominated tech-industry. ‘I think it’s crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we have a voice in what the world looks like,’ she says. Anyone still believe that age-old notion that supermodels are airheads?

    She LOVES A Kookie
    Remember when supermodels used to declare ridiculous things like ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’? Well enter the new generation, led by the likes of Karlie and Jourdan Dunn, who are total foodie fanatics and renowned chefs. Karlie started her collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar in 2012, bringing batches and batches of her gluten-free, dairy-free Kookies for all her supermodel mates to munch on backstage at fashion week. Suddenly it’s pretty obvious how she made all those famous friends, isn’t it? Oh and all proceeds go to FEED, providing school meals to children around the world, naturally. 

    She’s One Half Of Kaylor
    …And is therefore a joint leader / co-founder of #TheSquad. Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss define our friendship goals, with their road-trips, GIFable in-jokes and baking parties at Taylor’s apartment. They Insta-support all of eachother’s major achievements, even joining the other on their respective stages on a couple of occasions.

    Backstage, She’s Queen Bee
    Cara, Kendall, Joan and Gigi can always be found huddled round the Kloss. Jourdan Dunn even made Karlie her son’s godmother. This is how much KK is loved by her clique.

    She’s Now A Vlogger
    She’s Off To Uni
    Forbes have estimated Karlie’s net worth at £2.55million, but that’s not stopping our favourite modern model from aiming for even higher heights. Come autumn, she’s off to NYU, purely to make all of those business and tech skills official. Seriously, is there anything Karlie Kloss can’t do?

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