Karlie Kloss In 24 Hours
A day in the life of the supermodel and social entrepreneur.
6.30AM I usually wake up around this time. Given how much I’m on the road, my phone typically doubles as my alarm clock. I aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night—travelling so much has given me a lot of appreciation for a good night’s sleep! The first thing I do when I wake up is have a large glass of water with apple cider vinegar and lemon. Then I’ll brush my teeth and wash my face. Skincare is definitely a priority. In the morning, I start by washing my face with a gentle exfoliant. Then I use a jade roller to reduce any puffiness and finish my routine by applying an SPF-rich moisturiser. I also make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated. 7AM I believe self-love is the strongest superpower you can have and what you put into today is what you get out. I love starting my day off with a good sweat. Then, I head to The Elk, one of my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee in the morning after my workout. 9AM I typically eat breakfast around 9am. Depending on how much time I have in the morning, I’ll either have an egg white omelette with avocado and hot sauce or a vegan chocolate protein smoothie with almond milk and water. 9.45AM If I have time, it’ll take me about 45 minutes to an hour to get ready, but I can pull it off in 20 minutes if I’m rushing out the door. My go-to look is high-waisted jeans, a tucked-in tee with a blazer, and either my Stan Smith sneakers or booties. My style is tailored with a slight edge. I like wearing simple silhouettes and adding jewellery, like Swarovski’s fit choker, to give my look a little personality. I almost never leave home without wearing a combination of rings, necklaces, and bracelets. I gravitate towards simple, daintier pieces that are easy to layer. Rings are definitely my favourite. I love simple band rings that are easy to stack and mix and match. If I’m jet-lagged and tired, I wear items that are comfortable and easy to pair together. When I’m more energised, I get more creative with what I’m wearing and take more fashion risks. I like to keep my make-up routine pretty minimal: I usually stick to just wearing a BB cream with volumising mascara and a touch of lip balm or lip gloss. 11AM I try to meditate before a big day of work. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, it helps me relax and refocus. Lately, I’ve also been relying on the new Haim album to get me camera-ready; anything by Beyoncé also always does the trick.
For me, a good photo shoot involves good music, good company, and the freedom to try something new and be creative on set. 12PM My lunch break is always schedule-dependant, but I usually try for noon. Some of my favourite restaurants are Egg Shop or Two Hands. The food is always fresh and creative. I try to stick to clean proteins and veggies for lunch, so I love having fresh sushi or a salad from Sweetgreen. This keeps me feeling energised throughout the day. I’m a pescatarian, so the only meat I eat is fish—no red meat or poultry. 2PM Swarovski’s Holiday shoot was so much fun! Boy George DJ’ed, and Jourdan Dunn, Fei Fei Sun, Naomi Campbell, and I had one big dance party while being decked out in crystals. It was definitely one I’ll remember. I’ve worked with Naomi Campbell a few times before, but it’s always so surreal getting to see your idol in action. I’ve looked up to her since the early days of my career, and I find myself learning something new from her every time we’re on set together. Christy Turlington has also been a long-time role model of mine. She redefined what it means to be a supermodel, showing me that you can have a successful career in fashion while pursuing your other interests and passions. I always thought I would follow in my dad’s footsteps and become a doctor. Growing up, I was fascinated by math and science, and medicine seemed like a great way to combine those interests while also helping others. But getting the chance to work with all of my friends on-set is incredible. I’m so grateful to call this my job. The Swarovski brand holds a lot of sentimental value for my family and me. My parents and grandparents would often gift me Swarovski pieces for special occasions. It’s a very full-circle moment to be able to work with the brand today. 6.30PM Once a shoot is done, I take off my make-up from set and check back in with the world, answering my recent e-mails and texts. I try to limit how much time I spend on social media. During the weekends, I indulge in sleeping in and unplugging from my phone for a while—I turn my phone off on Friday and Saturday nights to give myself a break. Whenever I can, I go home to St. Louis to spend time with family. Their love and support keep me grounded. 7.30PM My shoots generally wrap up before dinner time, so I tend to eat around this time. I usually have a clean protein, like salmon, with grilled veggies and greens. For dinner, one of my favourites is Loring Place in Greenwich Village. The crispy, spicy cauliflower there is incredible! While I try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, I definitely have a sweet tooth and love indulging in Halo Top ice cream or dark chocolate. I love baking, so dessert is my specialty. My gram’s gingersnap cookie recipe is one of my favourites. I also like to experiment with different vegan baking recipes, and love putting a healthy spin on some of my favourite cookies and baked goods. My other hobbies are coding and boxing. 9PM If I have time, I love taking a relaxing bath with essential oils or bath salts and a nice scented candle. I use a gentle cleanser to wash my face. After that, I put on a hydrating face mask. I recently dyed my hair platinum, which requires extra maintenance to keep healthy, so putting on a Christophe Robin hair mask has become an essential part of my night-time routine. 10PM On weekdays, I like to be in bed by 10 or 11pm. My bedroom is a sanctuary, so I keep it cozy, minimal, and clean. I love reading before I go to bed. It’s really relaxing and helps clear my head. My all-time favourite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Or, if I’m tired, I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.
“I’ve worked with Naomi Campbell a few times before, but it’s always so surreal getting to see your idol in action.” – Karlie Kloss
Necklace, Atelier Swarovski by Peter Pilotto Out and about at Paris Fashion Week
Booties, Jimmy Choo
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho