Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model and entrepreneur. When she was just 17, Vogue Paris declared her one of the “top 30 models of the 2000s”. On the runway, she is known for her “panther”-like walk. Kloss was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2013 until 2015; she resigned to study at New York University. Models.com has said that Kloss “represents the gold standard of modeling—a girl with the look, the poise, and the drive to take things to the next level,” and she ranks on their “New Supers” and “Money Girl” lists. By 2019, she had appeared on 40 international Vogue covers.
Outside of modeling, Kloss has an interest in technology and has founded the “Kode with Klossy” camp, which aims to get young girls interested in STEM fields. In 2019, Kloss became the host of the reality competition television series Project Runway.
In 2015, Kloss covered the March issue of American Vogue with her close friend Taylor Swift. Kloss 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. Kloss also starred in the music video for Chic’s “I’ll Be There”, which was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and Q&A videos. Kloss is a close friend of filmmaker Casey Neistat, who assisted her in starting up on YouTube.
In May 2016, Kloss was named the new face of Swarovski, replacing fellow Victoria’s Secret alumna Miranda Kerr, for a two-year contract.
In April 2017, she appeared as a correspondent on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. Kloss was featured in Vogue’s March 2017 issue. The spread was criticized by some as a form of cultural appropriation as she appeared styled as a geisha. She later posted a public apology. In Fall 2017, Kloss announced her TV show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss, airing on Freeform in winter 2017.
In April 2018, Kloss was announced as Estée Lauder’s newest Global spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador. The company is committed to supporting her initiative “Kode with Klossy” through scholarships and events. In October 2018, Kloss confirmed that she would be stepping in Heidi Klum’s shoes on the seventeenth season of Project Runway 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.”
In October 2019, Kloss narrated the season 2 episode “Coding” on the Netflix and Vox Media television show Explained.