When fresh-faced Karlie Kloss walked her first runway back in September 2007 for Calvin Klein’s spring 2008 show — well before she had honed her powerful, pantherlike strut — it’s hard to imagine that the long-limbed 15-year-old from St. Louis could’ve guessed the trajectory her impressive career would take. Kloss, now 22, isn’t as ubiquitous on the runways these days, instead nabbing magazine covers and ad campaigns all while wearing myriad entrepreneurial hats: as a baker, designer, student and social media star with her own YouTube channel and 2.8 million Instagram followers. Oh, and she’s also Taylor Swift’s BFF.

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This story first appeared in the July 29, 2015 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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