We first saw Karlie Kloss stomping down a runway when she was just 15 and since then she’s kept up a pretty wholesome image. However, it’s hard not to feel like fashion people have been eager to get her naked as soon as legally possible: inside a year of turning 18, she landed the cover of i-D‘s Exhibitionist issue wearing nothing but a Prada hat and half of Jourdan Dunn’s also-naked body. It even kind of reminded us of that creepy countdown clock to the Olsens turning 18.
Now Kloss is 19 and Mario Testino has shot her for a beauty feature in Allure… her first completely naked shoot. As Styleite points out, these are called “implied nudes,” insofar as Kloss is naked but you can’t see nipple. etc.
Here’s the full spread. So far, reaction is pretty evenly divided between “She’s not naked and she’s over 18, what’s the big deal?!” and “Uh, this is kind of weird and gross.” Maybe it’s only weird because a lot of the fashion press/bloggers remember Kloss as that goofy, grinning 15-year-old and it’s a bit off to see her sexualized in this (comparatively-tame-for-fashion) way. What’s your take?