Karlie Kloss is dishing details on the actual reason behind her departure from Victoria’s Secret.
At the height of her career as a supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Kloss left the lingerie brand back in 2017. Since then, the model has kept mum regarding her reason for leaving. Now, the model is speaking her truth.
Speaking to Vogue, Kloss revealed that the famous brand was not in alignment with her feminist views.
“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 tells the publication.
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“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.”
The model, whose recent gig is hosting Project Runway, admits that her views have changed. She also reveals feeling “fearful” of losing modeling jobs if she refused to do certain things.
“But I did not lose out on jobs. 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,” she adds. “Only now do I have the confidence to stand tall — all 6ft 2in of me — and know the power of my voice.”