Karlie Kloss is truly a representation of the leading millennial woman. Karlie Kloss is the epitome of a young woman with both beauty and brains. Not only is she a role model for many women of her generation, she also uses her fame and influence to support and empower other women. In fact, she made it into the list of Time 100 Most Influential People in 2016.

Best known for her career as a supermodel, Karlie has been on the cover of Vogue Magazine for more than 30 times and walked on runway shows for numerous designers such as Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and more. Vogue Paris even named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.

However, Karlie’s profile doesn’t just stop at being a supermodel. Passionate and fearless, Karlie is also a full-fledged entrepreneur, coder, student, baker, philanthropist and vlogger. She shares her stories on her YouTube channel Klossy, supports hungry children with the sales of her cookie brand Karlie’s Kookies, and inspires young women to learn coding through her scholarship program Kode with Klossy.

Despite her impressive resume, Karlie’s life had not always been so glamorous and she certainly was not born with the confidence she has today. Ever since middle school, she was constantly bullied by her peers because of her unusually tall, slender frame and long limbs. Even though these features made her on top of every designer’s wishlist, they made her the subject of mockery when she was growing up and made her school years difficult.

Karlie, now 24 years old, came a long way to develop self confidence to be able to walk on runways and live under the spotlight. Knowing how difficult it could be, she shared her thoughts and advice on developing self confidence on her YouTube channel and encourage others to try their hardest and learn to turn the anxiety of being on stage into fuels of productivity.

Aside from helping girls her age to become more confident through sharing her own experiences, Karlie is also a huge advocate on women education. She believed that in a digital age, it is not only important for people to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook, but also to understand the codes and algorithm behind them. As an avid programmer, she developed a scholarship program Kode with Klossy for women and girls with no coding backgrounds to learn coding.

With more than 6 million followers on Instagram and 2 million fans on Twitter, Karlie is no doubt an influencer in the digital world. However, Karlie doesn’t just connect with her generation – she leads it. She is a role model for girls her generation and she actively inspires young women around the world to become the women they want to be.


Written by: Tae Yun Mario Kim

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