The American supermodel had been a somewhat retired concept following their ‘90s heyday, when they secured their position in the upper echelon of pop culture. George Michael’s “Freedom” music video was an ode to the one-name wonders, as were the countless magazine covers that only celebrities are currently able to book. Twenty-year-old Karlie Kloss has almost single handedly brought American supermodeldom back into existence, with W magazine proclaiming both her and fellow model Joan Smalls “the new face of fashion.”
At fourteen, Kloss was plucked out of a benefit runway show in St. Louis Missouri, signed with premiere NYC agency Elite, and shot her first editorial with Arthur Elgort for Teen Vogue, in what was the start of her meteoric rise to fame. Often praised for her atypical, elfish beauty, haunting eyes, and commanding runway walk, she has an exceptional ability to express emotion and movement in photographs, thanks to years of ballet training. Kloss’s look has a rare transformative power that is appealing in both the commercial (Victoria’s Secret) and editorial sense (Vogue), providing her with longevity in a career defined by a ticking clock.
Kloss has acted as the face of numerous campaigns, including those of heavyweights Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, and graced the cover of virtually every fashion magazine in circulation. The newest venture in her unstoppable career is the revival of MTV’s iconic House of Style, a documentary-style look into lives of models, formerly hosted by ‘90s supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Rebecca Romijn, and Shalom Harlow, among others. The coveted opportunity, highlighting Karlie’s genuine effervescence, is sure to turn both her and Smalls into household names.
I love her expressions and endless enthusiasm in this Lynn Hirschberg screen test.
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