In 2009, Vogue fell for Karlie Kloss. Hard. She was the most featured model that year, not only in the US edition (in which she appeared almost twice as much as any other model), but also in the combined pages of all the international editions. In the two years following, she remained solidly in the top three, but it appears that wasn’t enough for the St. Louis native, as she has reclaimed the title of the number one model in Vogue for 2012.
It’s been an exciting year for Karlie, filled with all the successes and controversies (both in and out of the fashion world) befitting a model at the top of her game. There was Karlie’s Kookies, the MTV House of Style hosting gig, bonding with Olympians, abrupt agency swtiches, an insensitive turn on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, and the requisite photoshop controversy. It’s been a busy year to say the least.
Last year’s number one Vogue model, Arizona Muse, ran away with the title by excelling on two levels: quantity (high number of appearances, pages and only-girl editorials) and quality (working with top photographers in top editions). Karlie hit all these highs and more, appearing in original editorials for nine international editions, and appearing in a total of 20 issues. To top it all off, almost half of her appearances were in the big-selling March and September issues!
Only four women from last year’s list repeated, making way for a few newbies and some top performers from years past. Can you guess who made the cut? Click through to see.