Karlie Kloss has fitness and beauty advice for you!
Karlie Kloss was just a leggy teenager from St. Louis when she shyly sauntered into the Teen Vogue offices for her very first go-see. "It's like I blinked and went from being a 14-year-old girl in Teen Vogue to a L'Oréal Paris spokeswoman!" the supermodel says of her ascent. This unassuming charm made her a bit of an anomaly back when chain-smoking and can't-sit-with-us attitudes ruled the runways. She was the smiley American girl who sent homemade cookies with handwritten thank-you notes after jobs. And thanks to years spent studying ballet, she approached modeling with the health-conscious discipline of an athlete. Even before gym pics flooded Instagram, fitness was more than a hobby for Karlie-it was a way of life.
Karlie was closing runway shows for Marc by Marc Jacobs by 15, and she had the luxury of wearing Dior to prom-but industry cred didn't exempt her from having normal teenage anxieties about her body. "I wore flats with my dress because I was at least a foot taller than my date," she remembers with a laugh. "It was an insecurity I always had." Turns out, the flats didn't stunt her prom style at all: "I outlasted everyone on the dance floor!" Heels or no, Karlie has managed to perfect the most recognizable walk on the runway. She's also helped usher in a friendlier brand of American "supers." But there is one thing even the nicest girl in fashion gets territorial about: her shampoo. "Growing up in a house full of girls, everyone shares everything, but I was always very protective of my shampoo," Karlie admits. "I forced my mom to make sure I had my own special ones from L'Oréal-they were great at volumizing my fine hair." (Her go-to: L'Oréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo.)
Reflecting on her biggest year ever-with highlights that include landing her first American Vogue cover, scoring a Nike contract, and spinning her Karlie's Kookies partnership with Momofuku Milk Bar into a thriving philanthropic initiative-Karlie ends our chat with some serious food for thought: "I always want to continue to learn. I overcame the insecurities I had as a teenager through being the best I could be. Part of that means making yourself the strongest, smartest, healthiest version of you. I think that's what gave me the confidence to be proud when I stepped out on that runway," she says. "Even if I am taller than all the boys!"
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