The Real Reason Karlie Kloss Ended Her Contract with Victoria’s Secret

We may all know Karlie Kloss as the host of Project Runway now, but just a few years ago, Kloss was better recognized with a pair of angel wings on her back. At the height of her modeling career, Kloss was one of the most notable angels on Victoria’s Secret’s roster, but in 2015 that all came to a halt when Kloss suddenly cut ties with the brand.

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Initially, the reasoning behind the separation was said to be scheduling issues. Kloss had enrolled in courses at New York University and was finding it hard to juggle both working for the lingerie company and completing her classes.

“Karlie Kloss [and] I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career,” Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret said at the time. “As we talked, it became clear she would not have the time to fulfill her myriad commitments. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me.”

But in her new interview with British Vogue, Kloss has come clean about the real reason that she quit working with the company.

Why did Kloss stop working with Victoria’s Secret?

The reason that Kloss decided to make a change in her career had nothing to do with time commitments.

“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 the outlet. “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.”

What other changes has Kloss made in her life?

Leaving Victoria’s Secret isn’t the only major change that Kloss has made. She recently decided to convert to Judaism, as her fiance Joshua Kushner is Jewish.

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“Changing part of who you are for someone else can be seen as weak,” she said. “But you know what? Actually, if you’ve been through what I’ve experienced, it requires you to be anything but weak. It requires me to be stronger and self-loving and resilient. I really did not take this lightly.”

“It wasn’t enough to just love Josh and make this decision for him,” she continued. “This is my life and I am an independent, strong woman. It was only after many years of studying and talking with my family and friends and soul searching that I made the decision to fully embrace Judaism in my life and start planning for a future with the man I chose to marry.”