“Technically, the term “supermodel” predates the 1980s, but that is when we civilians first knew who they were: Linda, Naomi and Christy. (Evangelista, Campbell and Turlington.) Famously called the “Trinity,” they were the first fashion models to challenge the celebrity of movie stars. And they were everywhere: not only modeling, but also appearing in music videos, on talk shows, and palling around together in the pages of celebrity magazines.
There have been other supermodels since, but right now, none is as compelling as Karlie Kloss. At 23, Ms. Kloss is leveraging her success as a model and large social media following (not to mention the reflected glare of her BFF-ship with Taylor Swift) into social activism for young women. Through Kode With Karlie, Ms. Kloss underwrote 21 computer coding scholarships for girls in 2015. She has collaborated with Momofuku Milk Bar on Karlie’s Kookies, a line of vegan cookies sold to benefit hungry children and other charities. And lest you think her a slacker, she began her freshman year at New York University this month.
All of this made her a perfect lunch date for Ms. Turlington Burns, 46, who scaled back her own modeling career at its height in 1994 to go back to school. She graduated from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at N.Y.U. and continued her studies at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Later, she married Ed Burns, the filmmaker and actor, with whom she has two children. In 2010, she founded Every Mother Counts, a charitable organization dedicated to maternal health, for which she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014…” The New York Times has the full story.
Photo description: Karlie Kloss, 23, left, and Christy Turlington Burns, 46, at Il Cantinori.
Photo credit: Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times