Karlie Elizabeth Kloss was born August 3, 1992. She is an American model and entrepreneur.
Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tracy (born Fares), a freelance director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has Danish, German and Polish roots. She has three sisters. She moved to St. Louis, with her family, in 1994.
She attended Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri. In September 2015, Kloss enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University.
Kloss has called her classical ballet training “a beautiful thing” that taught her how to move in the modeling world and was a great training ground for her runway walk. Kloss was “discovered at a local benefit runway show.”
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.
She is an avid computer programmer. In April 2015, she partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship named Kode with Klossy for young girls interested in computer science and software engineering.
In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, she created a special recipe called Karlie’s Kookies, which was sold in DKNY Soho during Fashion’s Night Out in New York City, with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects). Kloss called it a “Perfect 10 Kookie” because for every tin of cookies that is sold, 10 meals were donated to starving children all over the world.