Best Local Girl Gone Bad St. Louis 2013 - Karlie Kloss
The white-hot career of supermodel and Webster Groves High School graduate (and winner of 2012's Best Local Girl Made Good, for that matter) Karlie Kloss shows no signs of cooling. She's ranked the ninth most successful model in the world and told Vanity Fair recently that designers have cut her from their shows for being "too famous." Though she may be an expert in stomping down runways, this year the six-foot-one stunner had one major misstep: She donned a floor-length Native American headdress atop a buckskin bikini at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Native American activists immediately denounced both Kloss and VS for their culturally insensitive getup, repeating the "we are a culture, not a costume" line that had been previously used to shame singer Lana Del Rey and the band No Doubt, who also used Native American headdresses in their music videos. Within days Victoria's Secret apologized and yanked the look from the network broadcast of the show. Deluged, Kloss wrote that she was "deeply sorry" to her fans on Twitter. Hopefully her ordeal will help designers get a clue.