ST. LOUIS — Supermodel Karlie Kloss appeared on the Today Show on Sunday to prove there is beauty in brains. She tells Willie Geist how she’s empowering girls to pursue careers in math, science and technology. She also shares that her modeling career started as a young teenager and that, despite her high-profile success, she still goes back home to St. Louis, where she can live a “normal” life.
Kloss look the camera crews on a tour of St. Louis. She met with Geist under the Gateway Arch with a cup of Ted Drewes frozen Custard to talk about her hometown and inspiring a new generation. Her modeling career started, by chance, in 2005. The then 13-year-old volunteered to walk in a charity fashion show at a mall.
She had some success modeling around St. Louis. Things really changed when she was booked to walk in the Calvin Klein runway show in 2007. After that New York show the 15-year-old became a sought after model. Her career took her to high profile and exotic locations. But, she spent half her time in St. Louis as a normal teen. She tells Geist that she felt awkward being taller than the boys at school.
Coding became a part of her life in 2014. The supermodel enrolled in a class in 2014 at the Flatiron School. She says that she is fascinated that technology can be scaled up used to solve a lot of problems. She now has a program called “Kode with Klossie” that helps empower girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech. She helps provide scholarships to girls who want to expand their STEM skills.