As a model, Karlie Kloss has gotten used to people scrutinizing every aspect of her appearance. And, in the midst of some of her harshest criticism, she’s learned a pretty freeing fact: There is no “perfect” body, no matter what anybody tells you.
“I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent in the same day,” she told Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles during a Cannes Lions discussion.
With that kind of feedback, it’d be easy to get caught in a self-defeating cycle of feeling not good enough. Instead of obsessing over how others view her, the 24-year-old, who also runs Kode With Klossy — a foundation that helps girls learn computer coding — shifted her mindset. Kloss focused on her health and how strong she was over a number on the scale, the New York Post reported, and that’s what helped her survive (and thrive) in the fashion industry.
“I don’t want to please anyone but myself,” she added, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.
Fitness has always been a huge part of the entrepreneur’s life. Kloss is a classically trained ballerina, and while she’s no longer performing en pointe, she hits the gym about five days a week, doing a mix of cardio and weight training.
“I exercise to challenge my body to reach new goals,” she told T: The New York Times Magazine back in 2014. “Movement feeds my mind and gives me energy throughout the day.”
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