Given that Karklie Kloss married into one of the most conservative families in the US, one might wonder if she’s let go of her love for the sisterhood. But Wonder no more.
According to Kloss, while studying feminist theory at New York University’s Gallatin School in 2015 she became more self aware and empowered.
Her VS contract was up that year and she decided not to renew it.
“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,” Kloss told 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.”
After a two-year hiatus, however, Kloss returned to the runway in Shanghai in 2017 for her swan song. Just last year, the supermodel even defended the company’s place in the #MeToo era.
“A show like Victoria’s Secret is so relevant in the world we live in today,” Kloss told the Telegraph in March 2018 when asked about the controversy. “There’s something really powerful about a woman who owns her sexuality and is in charge.”
She continued, “A show like this celebrates that and allows all of us to be the best versions of ourselves. Whether it’s wearing heels, makeup or a beautiful piece of lingerie — if you are in control and empowered by yourself, it’s sexy.” Kloss then doubled down: “I like to set a positive example, so would never be part of something I didn’t believe in.”