Karlie Kloss first worked with DVF in 2009 and now she’s back as a sultry secret agent in the Fall 2015 campaign. Here, the indefatigable supermodel (and so much more) talks multi-tasking, supporting other women and words to live by.
You are a model, entrepreneur, coder, student, philanthropist and prominent member of the world’s most famous girl squad. That might make you the ultimate multi-tasker. What’s your secret?
The trick for me is to spend time on the projects I am passionate about with people I care about. It’s funny though, the more I have on my plate, the more I find ways to manage it all, like taking advantage of every spare minute I have by handling emails and calls while in the make-up chair. It’s also important for me to take care of myself by scheduling time to exercise, eat well, and sleep in order to be energized for all that each day brings.
You’ve just launched a youtube channel called Klossy. What can followers expect to see there?
I’m beyond excited that Klossy is officially live and can’t wait to share more videos. I love being able to share a unique perspective on the amazing things I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of, as well as introduce you to the incredible people who help make them happen through the lens of my own camera. I look forward to seeing how the channel will evolve and incorporate collaborations as Klossy continues to grow.
Diane often says, “Generosity is the best investment,” and you have worked on several philanthropic collaborations yourself. Can you tell us a little about the causes closest to your heart?
Giving back was instilled in me from an early age and it’s something that will always be part of my life. This past year I started the Kode With Karlie Scholarship with the Flatiron School to share access to hands-on, technical education with young women and girls who are excited about the opportunity to design and build our world through code. One of the best parts for me is seeing these diverse, young women immediately coming together and using their experiences to build a network of coding communities in their hometowns.
For you, fall brings fashion week and…your first semester at NYU’s Gallatin School. What do you plan to study there?
I am excited about getting back in the classroom. My program at NYU’s Gallatin School is great because I’ll be able to explore my interests over a range of subjects and refine my academic focus over time. Right now, I’m just going to try a little bit of all my favorite topics.
Diane often says, “It’s all about body language,” and you have credited your success as a model to your early days as a ballerina. What can you tell us about the connection between confidence and how you move?
Ballet taught me so much about body movement and control: how to be self-aware, bring life to a picture, and apply discipline to your work. For me, ballet was the best training for modeling as it taught me to pay attention to what my body is doing and how to be in control. Now I know how to re-position myself in those moments when I need an extra boost of confidence.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Dream big and then run at opportunities to make those dreams a reality. No matter what, it’s never a waste of time if you’re doing something you love.
And the best piece of advice you would give to other women?
I’d pass along that same advice to work hard at what you love to do. And I’d add: help other people do the same. We can do far more together than we ever could alone.
You are known for your support of other women, from your female friendships to encouraging young girls to learn coding. Who are some women who inspire you or who have supported you in your career?
My mom and my three sisters have always supported me and encouraged me throughout my career and life. I’ve also always looked up to strong women in my industry, like Christy Turlington. She’s made an incredible impact and really used her platform to help others.
How was the experience of filming the DVF Secret Agent film with Peter Lindbergh? Do you have a favorite moment from the set? How did you go about channeling the DVF woman?
It was such an honor to have the one and only, divine Diane with us on set for the shoot all day. I was simply inspired by her energy, her elegance and her attitude. Diane has an extraordinary presence, intelligence and strength. She and Peter are both truly living legends. I loved just simply being on set with Diane, Peter and Garren, and listening to the iconic fashion moments and memories that they would reminisce about throughout the day.
Finally, Diane is all about mantras. Do you have any words that you live by?
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself.” I love this DVF quote. Diane is such a strong independent and empowering woman. I certainly live by these words.