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SR International: Karlie Kloss Talks Motherhood, Forging A Path Outside Of Fashion And More

SR International: Karlie Kloss Talks Motherhood, Forging A Path Outside Of Fashion And More

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After starting to model at 13 years old, Karlie Kloss, whose net worth is $40 million, learned some hard truths. “As a young model, your worth, your success or failure is based on the opinions of others about you,” says Kloss, now 29. “And you don’t have control over that.” Karlie Kloss husband

So, 16 years, at least 43 Vogue covers worldwide and countless campaigns for brands including Versace, Dior and Louis Vuitton later, Kloss has recast her career strategy, seizing the reins of content production and not simply waiting to appear as booked talent. It’s something akin to being an actor who produces films. This summer, Kloss switched modeling agencies, joining The Society, which also represents Amber Valletta, Adut Akech and personalities such as musician Willow Smith and reality star–turned-model Kendall Jenner. In recent years, Kloss has invested in W magazine, alongside Jason Blum and Lewis Hamilton, as well as in companies including Therabody, Mirror and Reformation.

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And since last year, she has worked with Greg Propper, the co-founder of Propper Daley, a strategic social-impact and consulting agency that advises brands and philanthropists, including stars like John Legend, on social change efforts. Propper has introduced Kloss to philanthropies such as New Profit, an organization that puts together venture philanthropy funds—essentially donations that are granted to social-impact entrepreneurs. Now Kloss is working with New Profit on an ambitious new initiative, the Postsecondary Innovation for Equity (PIE), that creates career pathways for nontraditional job candidates via investments in organizations that provide skills training and mentorships. Kloss is finding that she can relate: “I’m somebody who is not formally educated. I am a student of life.”

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Karlie Kloss also finds a source of support for her projects in her husband, the entrepreneur and investor Joshua Kushner. Their 2018 wedding made Kloss the sister-in-law of Ivanka Trump, who is married to Joshua’s brother, Jared. But during the fall 2020 election season, Kloss posted images in support of Joe Biden, along with other Democratic candidates, drawing commentary on both sides of the aisle. Karlie Kloss net worth

Here are some things Karlie Kloss revealed to WSJ. Magazine…

Kloss on being a Kushner:

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“I’ve had to grow really thick skin as it relates to [being] impacted by other people’s opinions,” says Kloss. “Whether they love me or they hate me—because I’ve experienced all of it. I’ve learned to stay away from the comments section. I just try and…speak out on things that I am authentically passionate about.” She has arrived at a maxim of sorts: “I live my life and try to show my values through my actions.” Karlie Kloss husband

Kloss on her varied business interests:

“It is all interwoven….[even though] to somebody on the outside it might not make sense,” says Kloss via Zoom from her family’s house in Missouri, where she has traveled to celebrate her mother’s 60th birthday. Her 7-month-old son, Levi, is napping in the other room. (He’s inherited his parents’ height. “I know [Levi’s] ready to shoot some hoops,” she says.

Kloss on expanding her career goals:

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“I wanted to change how I was using my job and my platform as a model,” she says. “I need to invest in myself in other ways, both in pursuing my education and also building things…that I’m excited about, whether for- profit or nonprofit,” Karlie Kloss net worth

Kloss on being a new mother:

After giving birth to Levi, she says her first thought was, “How does everyone do this?” In the beginning, she says she was in survival mode, a state she has recently started to emerge from as Levi nears 9 months. She relies on a circle of peers for advice, including other moms and models, such as Ashley Graham, Emily Ratajkowski and Irina Shayk. “The mom group friendship thing—I was always like, Yeah, that’s cute but that’s not going to be me,” she says. “[Now] I don’t make a move without asking my mom friends.” Karlie Kloss husband

Kloss on motherhood giving her a new appreciation of her body:

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And motherhood has given her a new self-appreciation. “I love my body in a way that I never have,” she says. “I never imagined that I would have a career [in which] my body would be so intertwined with my success or failure. That’s something that I really don’t like about being a model, but—it’s part of the job. I think it’s really unfortunate that there are still such narrow kinds of ideas [like] you need to be able to fit a sample size. I’m not going to change who I am to fit that.”

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Photo: Ethan James Green for WSJ. Magazine


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