Style Notes Extra: Supermodel Sweetheart And St. Louis Native Karlie Kloss
Girls who aspire to make a name for themselves in the modeling industry can only dream of landing the covers (American and international Vogues, Numero and Korean W, to name a few), designer campaigns (Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and more) and fashion weeks (Paris, Milan and New York) that this hometown supermodel has—but for Webster Groves native Karlie Kloss, it’s just another day at work for a career that has skyrocketed to near unfathomable heights at just 22.
Some would say Kloss was born to be a model. Her statuesque 6-foot-1-inch frame, slim-yet-shapely build and forget-me-not face were practically destined to be plastered on the cover of magazines and in ad campaigns. To date, Kloss has posed for more than 60 covers, shot in more than 90 major ad campaigns and has been famously referred to by Anna Wintour as an excellent candidate for U.S. diplomacy after they sent her to China for one of her most recognized editorials.
Yet Kloss is still shy when she’s recognized by fans—“Hang on…me?” she quipped to W Magazine—still recounting a time that she was not so comfortable with her unique look. “My sisters have always been these gorgeous glamazons and I’m, like, this tall skinny stick in the family…” said Kloss to W in 2012. “It used to be something that I really disliked about myself, being tall and lanky, but it turned out to be the greatest asset I have—how uniquely weird I am.”
Throughout her career, Kloss has impressed designers, editors and press alike with her consistent poise and positive demeanor. Her family too, is impressed with Kloss’ ability to remain grounded in spite of her success. At the beginning of her career she frequently flew back and forth from St. Louis to New York to shoot with Steven Meisel or Patrick Demarchelier, then had to get up the next day to hit the books at Webster Groves. “When I would come home, I still had my chores,” said Karlie to her “big bro” Derek Blasberg in a Wall Street Journal article last year. “Dirty dishes, walking dogs, taking out the trash…My parents knew the glamour ended at the front door.”
Nowadays, Karlie doesn’t have to travel too far from home to see her family. The Klosses have relocated from the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves to the small upstate New York town of Goshen to be closer to their daughter, who, despite her royal ascent, remains the same girl she was in STL.