Karlie Kloss chose to cut ties with Victoria’s Secret after realising the brand doesn’t align with her feminist views.
The model made her debut appearance in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2011, and was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2013 until 2015, though took a two-year hiatus to study at New York University, before appearing in the U.S. lingerie company’s 2017 spectacle held in Shanghai, China in 2017.
However, Karlie has now indicated that she won’t be returning for any further campaigns or shows, as the gig doesn’t “reflect” the message she wants to send to young women.
“The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria’s Secret was I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful,” she said in an interview for the August 2019 issue of British Vogue. “I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world.”
In the wide-ranging chat, Karlie also opened up about finding confidence, various upcoming projects, her entry into the world of TV via her job as the new host of fashion competition programme Project Runway, as well as her decision to convert to Judaism in the lead-up to her marriage to Joshua Kushner, 34, last October.
“Changing part of who you are for someone else can be seen as weak. But you know what? Actually, if you’ve been through what I’ve experienced, it requires you to be anything but weak. It requires me to be stronger and self-loving and resilient. I really did not take this lightly,” the 26-year-old commented. “It was only after many years of studying and talking with my family and friends and soul searching that I made the decision to fully embrace Judaism in my life and start planning for a future with the man I chose to marry.”
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