Nine years ago, a long-limbed American girl from St. Louis, Missouri, named Karlie Kloss, made her runway debut when she walked the Calvin Klein Spring 2009 ready-to-wear show. Once a lanky teenager, the charming 24-year-old model now exudes confidence from the moment she steps out onto the catwalk. Kloss has strutted her way to the top by modeling for renowned fashion houses including Chanel, Dior, and Prada. Known as “The Panther,” Kloss boasts a stealthy stride that’s considered to be one of the most powerful runway walks of all time.
Aside from fronting campaigns and magazine covers, the former Victoria’s Secret angel is also an entrepreneur, humanitarian, social media sensation (5.1 million Instagram followers and counting), and YouTube star. Among her endeavors is a non-profit organization called Kode with Klossy—a platform that equips young girls with coding skills for careers in tech. Her philanthropic initiatives include creating gluten-free, baked treats named Klossies that raise money for charities to provide meals for those in need.
In honor of Karlie Kloss’ 24th birthday, we look back at 10 of her best runway moments.
Balmain Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Atelier Versace Fall 2015 Couture
Elie Saab Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2012 Couture
Chanel Spring 2012 Couture
Christian Dior Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Lanvin Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Prada Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear