Karlie Kloss

Top model turned businesswoman turned Project Runway host, Karlie Kloss has opened up and confessed the reason of why she cut ties with retailer giant Victoria’s Secret. For years, the gorgeous 26-year-old was associated with the popular lingerie company, but in 2015 Karlie had a soul-searching experience that steered her from appearing in the lingerie-clad photos featuring sexy, barely-there sets VS is known for. Opening up to Vogue, the blonde beauty explained why working with Victoria’s Secret didn’t feel reflective of who she is and therefore chose to walk away.

Karlie realized being a "feminist" didn't go with the image she was projecting at the time 

"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 explained to the fashion glossy.

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The supermodel added, "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." At the time, Karlie was also studying feminist theory at New York University which ultimately led her to take action on her beliefs.

The supermodel decided to cut ties with the mega lingerie retailer while studying feminist theory at NYU

As for the lesson she learned and wants to share with other women, the TV host said, "If anything, the more I exercised the power of my voice, the more I earned respect from my peers. And I earned more respect for myself. Only now do I have the confidence to stand tall—all 6ft 2in of me—and know the power of my voice."

Karlie is at a pivotal moment in her career as a business woman and Project Runway host

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The fashion star, who married her husband Joshua Kushner at an intimate ceremony back in October 2018, recently said their second round of I do’s with a western-inspired wedding in Wyoming. The now newlyweds celebrated their nuptials complete with horseback riding, line dancing and chic western-wear.

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