Since its redesign a year ago, Self has picked models with both fashion cred and Victoria's Secret-worthy physiques to be its cover stars — Joan Smalls and Candice Swanepoel, for instance — and the August issue is no exception. The long, lithe and strong Karlie Kloss posed in an acrobatic editorial for the magazine that demonstrates the results of all those workouts we see her posting about on Instagram.
"In an industry that once embraced fragile thinness, Kloss has done things her way, helping usher in an age of ripped abs on the Victoria’s Secret runway," writes Meredith Bryan in the cover story, referring to Kloss's teen years on the runway before she embraced a drastic change in diet and exercise that focused on energy and athleticism. It's part of a fashion-wide trend focusing not just on athelesuire apparel, but also strong models on the runway.
But Kloss isn't all brawn and no brains: She told the magazine she is looking forward to starting school at New York University in the fall. “I want to study computer science," she says in the interview. "I want to study psychology. I’m fascinated by space. I want to study art history.” She'll get a jumpstart this summer learning how to code at The Flatiron School in New York City, alongside girls she's sponsoring to attend as well. But with all this success in her busy career, Kloss still has moments of vulnerability. "[Her sister] Kristine says she still gets an occasional 3 A.M. call from Kloss, alone in a hotel room somewhere, feeling homesick," writes Bryan.
As if Kloss isn't enough fitspiration for one issue, Self also photographed six world-class female athletes with what the magazine calls "the best bodies in the world." Each athlete gets an accolade for a specific part of her body (legs, abs, etc.), even though, naturally, these women are super-strong all over. British two-time Olympic triathlete Helen Jenkins gets the honor of best butt, which she's earned on grueling uphill bike rides (see below).
The other athletes in the portfolio include Irish pole vaulter Tori Peña for best legs, U.S. national team volleyball players Rachael Adams and Christa Harmotto Dietzen for best arms, Italian world champion fencer Nathalie Moellhausen for best abs and Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin for best back (see below).
But it wouldn't be a Self issue without some applicable fitness advice for non-world champions: Each athlete shares her top moves for working her corresponding best body trait. Check out Peña's ab advice and more on Self.com right now.