One doesn’t need to be model-obsessed to notice the trajectory of Karlie Kloss’ career since she jumped onto the scene as a Calvin Klein runway exclusive back in September of 2007. From that first moment on the catwalk with her signature head-swivel strut, Kloss has gone on to book the best gigs in the biz. Her resume includes acting as the face of Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan, regular stints in the pages of Vogue US, runway ubiquity (including her first appearance in last night's Victoria's Secret fashion show), and top magazine covers. And you simply cannot be a top model without those covers, which is why we've decided to take a look back at Karlie as a cover girl. You may have noticed Karlie gracing the front of Vogue Italia's December issue (with the familiar sexy turn her career has been taking lately) with the words "Extra Strength" emblazoned on the bottom. Well, we cannot think of a more apropos phrase seeing that Karlie does not seem to be slowing down at all.
Click through to see Karlie kover (too much?) highlights throughout her stellar career so far.
Karlie was a Vogue Girl even before she was a proper Vogue girl. The Korean publication used her twice in 2008, while Teen Vogue--a magazine cover almost exclusively for the young Hollywood elite--chose her (as well as Chanel Iman and Ali Michaels) as the face of February.
2009 was the year of Karlie in Vogue. We do mean that literally. She was the most featured model in the collective international editions of the magazine and was ahead of the rest of the pack by a country mile. Did you know that Karlie's first Vogue cover was a reprint? That's right, it was for the Portugal edition, but at least it was for the coveted September issue. Her first proper Vogue cover was for the Italian edition (not too shabby) which she shared with Rianne Ten Haken. Korea was next.
In an cover story editorial that featured what seemed like every current working model, Karlie was the one chosen to take a tumble for the cover of Vogue Italia in January. 2010 was also a stellar year for Karlie on Vogue China, making the cover three times. To round out the landmark year, Teen Vogue brought her back for a solo cover feature. The only other model to that was Gemma Ward.
As 2011 winds down, it's clear through Karlie's recent covers just how far she has come as a model. The pretty Teen Vogue smiles have been traded out for confident stares from some of fashion finest glossies. We look forward to whatever Karlie has in store for next year.