The long and short of Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss says taking ballet is "one of the best things a girl can do".
The budding supermodel credited the dance form with teaching her discipline and body awareness, which has helped her career immensely.
The 19-year-old began modelling at the tender age of 14 and is one of the most in-demand mannequins in the fashion industry.
"I was always the tall girl in everything in my life. Ballet, I was six inches above the whole company and there were no boys in St Louis doing ballet; much less six foot, taller than me, to be able to lift me, so I never had a partner. I was always the soloist," she revealed in a screen test for W magazine.
"I think taking ballet is one of the best things a girl can do, period. It teaches you discipline and strength and being aware of your body, and I think that's helped a lot in this crazy career that I have. I think it's helped me a lot to be aware [of details] in a photograph, you know, your fingertips or whatever."
Kloss also recalled what she refers to as "the most terrifying moment of [her] career".
Aged 16, she was asked to show off her dance skills by performing ballet moves in a new designer store while wearing the label's creations.
"Carine [Roitfeld] asked if I would dance ballet around the new Prada store and I was like, 'Sure, OK'. It was the collection that was all very snake-inspired and there I was, snaking around the store in a little leotard and told myself, 'OK Karlie, just do it.' It was actually one of the most terrifying things I have ever done. I'm not sure if it was a good impression or if people were just like, 'What the heck is this girl doing?'" she laughed.
However, life as a model also has its perks and Karlie got to wear a couture dress for to her high school prom.
But she towered over her escort all night, who was almost a foot shorter than the statuesque beauty.
"I wore Dior to my prom and it was so much fun. My date was hysterical; he was about 11 inches shorter than me, maybe a solid foot. And I bought him a tie to match, so, you know, we were a really cute couple," she said.