The Time I Was Discovered in a Mall | Fashion Stories | Karlie Kloss


Welcome to my new home. I’m on, I’m on set for Project Runway. Okay so on today’s episode of Project Runway what we’re doing is we’re
talking about first impressions and this is literally the first episode, the first
time I’ve been on the show, the first time it’s been back on Bravo so this is
a really big deal for firsts. The designers challenge is to take, they’re
assigned a judge, and they have to take our fashion first moment and be inspired
by it and we’ve told them our stories and they’re taking our fashion first and
this is mine and they’re are creating a garment. I never imagined that I would
work in this industry I never imagined that I would live in New York. I thought
my life was gonna go a very different path and this 13 year old like literally
13 year old, baby, had no idea what was ahead in her life. This was a charity
runway show in st. Louis and it was called Threads For Hope so everybody
donated the clothes, everybody bought tickets, it was a really really cool
community event and it happened to be a runway show. I was walking in the mall a
couple weeks before this and they were scouting for models to walk in the
runway show. This was not even like on my radar. My mind was like focused on sports, and school and ballet and this whole other world opened up for me that day at
the mall and I was stopped and they asked me have you ever thought about
modeling would you be interested and I was like oh I’ve never thought about it,
sounds kind of cool they said we’re doing this try out go get a head shot
and come back in a couple hours we’re gonna have like a casting, tryout and so
I called my mom, so she met me we went and got a head shot at that cheesy tacky
photo studio and then I went back like an hour later and they were doing the
casting and I’m like waiting to go up on this platform and walk and I’m thinking
like I have no idea what I’m doing So I got up there, gave it my best strut,
and for whatever reason Jeff and Mary saw something in me and they said you
should be in our in our show. I remember distinctly everything about this day.
It was the first time I’d ever had my hair and makeup done, like the first time I
had ever really worn high heels. I bought these high heels at Target like
the day before the show. I can’t tell if they’re leggings, I think they’re sparkly
silver leggings underneath like a knitted wool cashmere dress with this
like kind of funny detail of red thread and a hood. It’s very dramatic. I can hear
the music, it was Kanye West Gold Digger playing. I think it was even closing this
whole section and I just remember like being so nervous before walking out
there. I just something kind of naturally happened it was almost like my Sasha
Fierce came out and for the first time I like took on this other persona and the
shy 13 year old girl that I was at the time was like I kind of became another
character. I had never really felt beautiful, um, or super confident in my
own skin and for me this moment was super powerful because it was the first
time that I had experienced all eyes on me and feeling like the most beautiful
version of myself because of the fashion that I was wearing and even though this
whole outfit is, like I don’t even have words for it, I felt so cool it was
almost like a superhero cape and that’s the power that fashion can have and
that’s the advice that I gave all the designers today in Project Runway. What
keeps me so excited about being a part of the industry is the fact that fashion
can make anyone feel like the best versions of themselves, feel extra
confident in their own skin and and that was the first time I
experienced that was here on this runway.It’s really surreal to me that 13
years later I went from this to this. I’m still that same awkward nerdy girl, but
I’m just probably a couple inches taller, 13 years older,
definitely wiser. I dont know, I think a lot of the feelings that I felt then I still feel. I
still feel like super insecure some days and like uncomfortable in my own skin.
That was the reason that I really wanted to share this photo with the designers
because I felt like for me this was less even about what I was wearing, but the
feeling that I experienced for the first time. So that’s my fashion first.
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