Karlie Kloss for PORTER Magazine

Karlie Kloss with rescue dog, Hollywood, Luke Flynn (son of Errol) LEFT  and model and musician Max. Photo by Bruce Weber, Courtesy PORTER

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America’s new sweetheart and fashion’s girl of the moment, Karlie Kloss, joins leading fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, rescue dogs Hollywood and Tiny and friends on a weekend shoot in the Florida Keys for the latest issue of PORTER.  

Karlie Kloss on social media giving models a voice

“When they’re casting a girl, they will look at how many Twitter followers she has, how many Instagram followers, the kind of reach that she has. (Even just a few years ago) the industry as a whole said that you were not allowed to say what you were doing or who you were working with. Now if you use the tool in the right way, it can be a way to have a voice. In a way that somebody like me never had before.”

On feminism and adapting to different circles

“I grew up in a house with four women – it’s hard not to be a feminist. I feel a bit like a chameleon. Not only in the way that I can adapt to different circles and feel really at ease, but it is part of my job to be a chameleon. I find it a challenge to physically take on a different character at each show.”

On crying when meeting her role model, Christy Turlington, for the first time

“I have never had that reaction to anyone. I’ve met so many crazy celebrities and never cried. In my eyes, she’s the best. She’s been able to use her career to create meaningful impact and affect so many women’s lives. She is a lifelong learner and that’s the way I see it too. “

Karlie Kloss with rescue dog, Hollywood, Luke Flynn (son of Errol) LEFT  and model and musician Max. Photo by Bruce Weber, Courtesy PORTER

On missing Oscar De La Renta who was a close friend

“It is going to be weird this fashion week not going in and giving Oscar a big hug and catching up about the opera, about ballet, about bridge. He would play bridge nonstop; he played against the computer.”

On being “numb” to celebrity

“I’m a bit numbed by celebrity at this point. It’s being able to get to know people I have admired from afar and actually recognising that everyone’s just a normal person. I see people more for who they actually are.”

On returning to NYU to study computer coding

“I’m not in any rush to get a degree in four years. I’m figuring out how I’m going to balance it all, but I am planning to take a class in the fall. I definitely could not get a job as a coder yet. But it is something I am fascinated by, even if it is not the profession I choose. Simply having the comprehension of the way that it works, having the ability to speak that language and to be able to not only comprehend it, but write and build something – the world is built on code.”

On her future

“Whether or not, 30 years from now, I’m doing this job, I will be doing something I am really fascinated by and excited by and passionate about. That is really how I measure success; it is what you do with it. I’m excited for the future, I’m excited for all that it holds, but for me the focus is on continuing to challenge myself and make myself better.”

Karlie Kloss  photographed by Bruce Weber, Courtesy PORTER magazine

To see the full interview with Karlie Kloss buy the latest issue of PORTER, on sale globally on Friday April 3. Also available as a Digital Edition HERE

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