Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Karlie Kloss Shows Off St. Louis in Today Show Interview

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 6:40 AM

click to enlarge SCREEN GRAB VIA YOUTUBE.
A few St. Louis icons made it on The Today Show this Sunday — including the Gateway Arch, Ted Drewes and Karlie Kloss.

The St. Louis-bred supermodel brought the national TV show to her hometown recently to talk about her rise to superstardom as a teenager and Kode with Klossy, a program she started to teach girls coding and encourage them to explore careers in the technology field. During the interview, she took Today Show host Willie Geist to the Gateway Arch, her high school and her family's home in suburban St. Louis.

Geist also got to experience what he called a "steamy summer day in St. Louis" (story of our lives, Willie) as well as Ted Drewes — which he incorrectly refers to as ice cream, but whatever.

"You are getting the best of the best," Kloss tells him in reference to the Arch and St. Louis' signature frozen custard.

In the interview, Kloss explains how her modeling career started in a mall fashion show in St. Louis and how she balanced her ascent with high school. Viewers are also treated to a prom photo, where the now 6'2" model is dressed in Dior couture ("as one does," she jokes) and appears to be a foot taller than her date.

The second half of the interview is devoted to Kloss explaining how she became interested in coding, took a coding class at the Flatiron School in New York, created a scholarship fund for girls to pursue math, science and tech careers, and formed Kode with Klossie. The program provides 300 girls across ten cities with free coding classes — and the cameras go inside what appears to be its St. Louis location.

This isn't the first time Kloss has given a platform to her hometown: back in May, she educated Vanity Fair readers on the virtues of Imo's Pizza.

See the complete interview below or by clicking here.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation