“Everybody has the opportunity to build something.”
– Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss (IG: @karliekloss) is an entrepreneur and supermodel who was discovered at a local charity fashion show at age 13 and has been modeling professionally ever since.
Karlie has walked for and starred in campaigns for top designers including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Adidas, Carolina Herrera, and Swarovski, among many others.
Outside of modeling, Karlie’s personal passion for coding led her to launch Kode With Klossy, a nonprofit that empowers young women to code and become leaders in tech — poised to expand in 2018 to 50 camps in 25 cities.
Time Magazine has recognized Karlie for her entrepreneurship and philanthropic work on its 100 Most Influential People list, and she has also been featured on the covers of Fast Company and Forbes for her work with Kode with Klossy.
If you’re interested in learning more about Karlie’s coding camps (applications and deadlines are coming soon), check out kodewithklossy.com/apply.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Connect with Karlie Kloss:
- Mother Model Management
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
- How I Built This with Guy Raz
- Flatiron School: Coding Bootcamp
- Ruby — A Programmer’s Best Friend
- Transcendental Meditation
- Ankle Weights
- KitchenAid Mixers
- Karlie’s Kookies by Nick Axelrod, Into the Gloss
- Momofuku Milk Bar
- FEED Projects
- NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- Moleskine Classic Notebook
- Moon Juice — The Full Moon Dust Sampler Box
- Wunderlist To-do list, Reminders, Errands App
- The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
- Is Karlie Kloss the nicest person on the planet? [06:23]
- Who were Karlie’s role models growing up? [07:39]
- Decisions that helped Karlie avoid becoming another casualty in the high-turnover world of modeling. [09:04]
- What rules and policies did Karlie’s family impose to guide her through starting a career at age 15? [14:11]
- How has Karlie remained grounded over the course of her successes? [17:28]
- Influential books and podcasts. [21:18]
- How did Karlie get started coding? [24:51]
- What is Kode with Klossy? [28:22]
- What stops a lot of people (including me) from picking up a skill like coding, and what are the benefits of understanding the basics of something new? [29:39]
- Karlie talks about coping with the insecurities that accompany modeling as a still-developing teenager and young adult. [36:36]
- Karlie’s routines and habits that help her through the day. [40:13]
- We discuss morning exercises while traveling (and why your excuses for being “too busy” to exercise are probably baloney). [42:40]
- Karlie’s best investments in time and money. [47:28]
- Karlie’s motivation for returning to school. [51:01]
- Favorite classes. [52:42]
- Recent purchases of $100 or less that have had a positive impact on Karlie’s life. [53:14]
- What does a page in Karlie’s journal look like, and how does something make it from the page to reality? [54:57]
- The importance of asking for help rather than trying to go it alone (even when it’s hard to do). [58:03]
- Habits, beliefs, and tools picked up in the last few years that have had a positive impact on Karlie’s life. [1:00:46]
- What would Karlie’s billboard say? [1:04:32]
- Parting thoughts and more information for girls 13-18 who might be interested in Kode with Klossy. [1:06:38]
- Kathy Ireland
- Cindy Crawford
- Christy Turlington
- Kurt Kloss
- Kimberly, Kariann, and Kristine Kloss
- Tracy Kloss
- Calvin Klein
- Chris Sacca
- Tom Brady
- Chad Fowler
- Avi Flombaum
- Kevin Systrom
- Marc Andreessen
- Paul Levesque (aka Triple H)
- Glenn Danzig
- Bruce Lee
- Jocko Willink
- Amelia Boone
- Penni Thow
- Casey Neistat
- Amanda Palmer