Karlie Kloss hopes to follow in the footsteps of Christy Turlington when it comes to charitable efforts. The model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business, having walked the runway for the likes of Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs and Victoria's Secret. Karlie has also become a computer programming activist, offering a scholarship named Kode with Klossy, and takes inspiration from Turlington's passion for philanthropic work, such as her organisation Every Mother Counts (EMC).
"She's an incredible friend and mentor to me, and she's a huge reason why I made the decision to get involved; she started the Every Mother Counts initiative, which provides mothers around the world with access to maternity care," she told Fashionista.com. "I've always looked up to Christy throughout my modeling career, and she paved the way for me to continue my education and invest in a future that includes a successful career in modelling and making a positive impact on the lives of others."
Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington star in Cole Haan's latest fashion campaign
Karlie had the opportunity to meet Christy, 48, when the pair shot a campaign together for brand Cole Haan. Titled Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories, the imagery depicts the two women posing in satin suits and velvet loafers as they recline on a pale pink sofa, and the model was thrilled to be a part of the concept.
"Christy is an extraordinary woman, and I was honoured that I was asked to be a part of this campaign alongside her. Also, it was incredible to work with the strong, empowered women who made the campaign happen - Cass Bird shot the campaign and Karla Welch styled it," the 25-year-old shared.
The duo looked stylish in satin suits
In addition to her busy modelling career and coding advocacy, Karlie has also developed a line of cookies called Karlie's Kookies, with proceeds of sales providing meals for children in New York and around the world through FEED Projects. And the blonde beauty has no plans to stop there when it comes to giving back.
"I like to wear a lot of hats and to juggle a bunch of projects at once. I get bored easily! I feel extremely lucky to be able to do what I love all of the time," she added.