Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model. Kloss is ranked ninth on the Top 50 Models Women list by Models.com. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She is a Victoria's Secret Angel.
Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Tracy (née Fares) and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has Danish roots. She has three siblings, Kristine, and twins Kimberly and Kariann. She moved to St. Louis, Missouri, with her family, in 1994. Kloss has called her classical ballet training "a beautiful thing" that taught her how to move in the modeling world and was a great training ground for her runway walk. Kloss was "discovered at a local benefit runway show". She attended Webster Groves High School.