Dubbed as the “super modern supermodels” of today by W, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls justly looked like their high-fashion selves on the cover where they share eerily similar expressions and styling. The magazine’s July issue, which has two covers, seemingly pitting the two together in a beautiful collision of similarities—blown-out hair, sun-kissed skin and barely-there lipsticks. Intended or not, we may never unravel. Then again, the Steven Meisel-photographed covers are enamoring enough that we’re letting that detail slip.
At 6’1”, anyone would find it hard to walk with such poise on the runway but in the feature, Kloss reveals how she harnessed her formal ballet training to her advantage in modeling. “You learn to control every aspect of your muscles, your face your toes, your fingernails,” said Kloss to W. For Puerto Rican Smalls, she shared how her career didn’t pick up as quickly as she would have hoped. That is, until Riccardo Tisci booked her for a Givenchy Couture runway exclusive in 2010. “He saw my potential and it changed people’s perspective,” said Smalls. Incidentally, this is marks Smalls’ first cover appearance on an American magazine.
Kloss and Smalls, who have quickly become the favored fashion muses of designers, possess two of the most crucial qualities any model would crave to have: mass-market appeal and haute couture edge. W did its cover title right—super modern supermodels—in enlisting the faces of modeling’s freshest and newest powerhouses.
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