Karlie Kloss Reveals Her Top Workout Tips, the Secret to Flat Abs, and Why She Still Gets Called Out in Spin Class-------
Karlie Kloss’ abs are similar to a carrot being dangled on a stick: so compelling, they have the power to spur the six-pack-less to complete one more crunch, even when every muscle in your middle feels like it’s on fire. The same can be said for the former ballerina’s mile-long legs attached to a perfectly toned bum. And while genetics are certainly on the super’s side, Kloss definitely works hard to perfect the total package (look to her Instagram for proof…and plenty of #fitspo), even if it means hitting the pavement and going for a run—her least favorite athletic activity. (See? Supermodels, they’re just like us!) Here, the runway alum and newest addition to the Nike family shares the “old-fashioned” secret to a flat stomach, the power breakfast that fuels her day, and why she still gets called out in Spin class.
I imagine if anyone is schlepping a fashionable gym bag, it’s you.
Believe it or not, I don’t have a gym bag. I usually just grab my vinyl coin purse and go. It’s compact and the perfect size. I like to head home if I can to shower and get ready for the day.
Without a bag, I imagine you aren’t toting beauty products.
Sometimes when I work out at Equinox in the morning and have to go to work straight from the gym, I use the products they have in their locker room. I always feel so refreshed.
Makeup at the gym: Yay or nay?
I’m all about going makeup-free. It’s hard sometimes, especially in New York where the gym can be a social event in itself, but it’s important when you’re sweating to keep your skin clean and fresh. I wash my face before and after a workout.
How many days a week do you work out? And how long are your sessions?
I try to work out consistently four to five days every week. I’m constantly on the move with travel and work, so my routine tends to vary from week to week. I think the most important part of working out and living a healthy lifestyle is incorporating movement naturally into your everyday life—walking around the city, taking your bike to the store, or using the stairs instead of the escalator.
Are you an early bird or night owl when it comes to the gym?
I like to exercise and get moving first thing in the morning. Starting the morning off with a workout gives me a burst of energy that helps me get through the day.
Do you eat before or after you work out?
I’ll eat a light breakfast before my morning workout, usually a green juice and Greek yogurt. There’s nothing worse than eating something heavy, being mid-workout, and feeling sick. But I do like to eat a power breakfast after my [session]. It helps me feel strong and energized. My all-time favorite breakfast is an egg-white scramble with avocado topped off with a little hot sauce, and a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
If you don’t have time for a full-blown breakfast, is there a snack that boosts your energy?
I love to make a protein shake after a good workout. I like to use a banana, ice, almond milk, and natural chocolate protein powder.
Are you a believer in juicing?
It’s so important, especially when you’re exercising and moving, to fuel your body and eat healthy. So I don’t do cleanses, but I do love a juice blend of apple, lemon, cucumber, kale, ginger, and cayenne. It’s fresh and full of nutrients.
How do you stay hydrated during a workout?
Water! Gallons of water!
What’s your biggest calorie splurge?
My Karlie’s Kookies recipe [created in conjunction with Momofuku Milk Bar] is definitely one of my favorites. I love substituting ingredients like butter and white flour for olive oil and almond flour or oats. Your biggest calorie splurge, like a chocolate chip cookie, doesn’t have to be unhealthy. That said, I never pass up an opportunity to indulge in my grandmother’s famous peanut brittle.
I love a girl who bows in the face of Grandma’s baked goods. Which classes are you taking to burn off that brittle?
It’s so important to change up your workout routine, so I like to take a range of classes. I love SoulCycle for a fast, intense, and high-energy workout and ballet classes for flexibility and lengthening.
I’ve heard so many people say that their SoulCycle instructor doubles as their spiritual guide. Do you have a favorite?
I am a huge fan of Akin’s SoulCycle class. I love going to his classes to clear my mind and really focus. He encourages the class to push to be the best. There is always room for improvement, and I take his classes as an opportunity to challenge myself both mentally and physically.
I imagine you’re at the head of the class and not hiding in the back row. I’m still working my way forward.
As much as I love to take cycling classes for my cardio workout, I always tend to be one beat off of the rest of the class and the instructor usually calls me out on it in front of everyone!
When you’re not Spinning, where do you work out? And do you love or loathe your trainer?
I’m a regular at ModelFit and work closely with Justin Gelband. He’s an amazing trainer and has taught me to set goals and push myself in ways I never thought possible. Definitely love him! For the Nike shoot, I also had the opportunity to train with Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland, which was a lot of fun.
Is there a workout you hate but still feel is worth doing?
Running. I’m not a great runner, but I’m getting better! It’s such a great way to break a sweat.
I imagine being outfitted in Nike kicks makes it easier. What sneakers are on rotation at the moment?
I love my Nike Flyknit sneakers, but I also love my classic Nike trainers. Depending on the workout, I like to mix up the sneakers I wear.
Who is your fitness icon?
Christy Turlington. She’s so inspiring for many reasons, but I truly admire her commitment to marathon running and supporting a variety of causes in the process.
What is the toughest part of your body to tone?
Everyone’s body is different, but I personally find it most difficult to tone my inner leg muscles. I’ve worked with my trainer specifically to do small exercises to isolate and tighten this muscle group.
Seeing as countless designers covet your amazing legs, how do you keep them in runway-ready shape?
I don’t know about amazing—maybe long or giraffe-like! But because my legs are so long, it’s really important that my strength training and Pilates workouts are also lengthening. After any weight training, I follow up with stretching to maintain length and flexibility.
Do you have any tricks for carving out abs? What about secrets for tightening your bum?
My favorite trick for defined abs are good old-fashioned sit-ups. It’s something you don’t need any equipment or trainer for and you can do anytime. I always throw ankle weights in my suitcase and do a few sets of leg and bum lifts in my hotel room if I don’t have time to do a full workout.
How do you maintain your workout regimen when you are traveling for work?
I travel quite a bit and spend a lot of time staying in hotels in different cities. It’s hard to find gyms and workout studios when you’re away from home and on the move. My solution is to travel with a couple of weights and resistance bands and do a quick 20-minute workout in my hotel room. The Nike Training Club app is also great and helps focus my workouts. Exercising, even when I’m away, brings routine to my life.
The easiest way to make insane colors wearable this summer? Jelly. And we’re not just talking about the flat sandals you wore in the nineties (although we highly recommend those, too). For those who want to try fuchsia lips or traffic-cone orange polish minus the shock value, this sheer texture is genius, as it lends a subtle dose of pigment and a high dose of shine. And in addition to your standard lip gloss or balm, the latest crop of beauty innovations—like a complexion-cooling gel laced with fine-line-fighting rose stem cells; a bouncy, elastic blush infused with floral water; and a long-lasting nail lacquer that wears like a salon manicure—feature high-tech formulas and finishes. Even better: All feel featherlight on skin, making them your new go-tos for the muggy month ahead. So, are you ready for this jelly? If your answer is “I was born ready,” click here to see our latest In The Mood For feature.
“When Beyoncé does a quick change, it’s like the Daytona 500, when the cars come in and they have to hurry up and change the wheels in, like, twenty seconds. When she comes back, everyone is grabbing a piece of her. I’m rebuilding—powdering, reapplying a lip; the eyes are always OK. We just want to make sure that when she runs out that she’s not [shiny] in the T-zone, that she’s glowy everywhere else, and that her lip is perfect. I’m watching the monitor from the start of the show to the end to make sure everything is impeccable, and I have razor-sharp focus to make sure nothing is messed up.”
Bey might be a well-oiled machine, but she never looks greasy. And though we all can’t have the queen’s Formula One-caliber team at the ready—speedily transforming a sweaty mess into a glowy and gorgeous music magnate—you can try Sir John’s secret, shine-canceling weapon: Press a tissue lightly over the center of your face, gently peel off, and finish with a light dusting of powder. Blotting before applying additional pigment prevents your makeup from caking.
When it comes to warm-weather eye makeup, we always think less is more. (Largely because black shadow and balmy weather just don’t mix.) Here, a simple step-by-step to sexy, gilded lids (reminiscent of the look at Gucci’s Spring 2014 show) courtesy of The Huffington Post:
1. Base lids with a long-wear cream shadow. (HuffPo recommends Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents.)
2. Top off the cream formula with powders—using a taupe shade on the brow bone and inner corner, bronze on the lid, and matte brown to define the crease. (For more drama, smudge bronze shadow along your bottom lash lines.)
3. Apply black gel liner between lashes and rim your lower waterline with a nude liner.
4. Finish with black mascara to prevent lashes from looking “dusty.”
Alexandre Vauthier sent multiple slinky gowns down his recent Couture runway—some with details so elaborate (like a jewel-encrusted dress dripping with ruby-colored stones) that they required 1,850 hours of work. Naturally, these exceptional pieces come at quite the expense (typically in the six-figure price range), so the fact that you can snap up one of this designer’s accessories for $1,500 is, in comparison, a bargain.
The fashion protégé, who once worked in the studios of Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, was given carte blanche by beauty giant Lancôme (along with two other Paris-based designers, Yiqing Yin and Jacquemus) to create a luxury cosmetics case to house three staple products—L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor, Hypnôse Star Mascara, and a Hypnôse Eye Palette—as part of a collaboration dubbed Nouvelle Vague. Vauthier’s sleek, black envelope bag that doubles as a clutch beats out the plastic Ziploc we’re currently using to hold our makeup (by a long shot). And with a designated spot for each item, it’s a whole lot more organized, too. Here, Vauthier explains how you can tell a lot about a woman from the inside of her purse.
I see that you incorporated your signature gold bar across the front, but what inspired the unique foldout design of this clutch?
I wanted to have something that opened up like this, very technical. I’m very crazy and obsessed by horlogerie [the practice of clock-making], as well as the precision of haute joaillerie [fine jewelry], like when you cut a diamond. I want to have something that represents this kind of work. I wanted to have something really cool and original.
Who is the woman you had in mind when you created this bag—perhaps Beyoncé, Rihanna, or another member of your celebrity fan club?
I dress a lot of celebrities, but I’m very happy to see the diversity of my clients. Of course, they can do a red carpet, with beautiful gowns. But I take a lot of pleasure in tailoring, day dresses, all of these kinds of things. My client doesn’t live only in the evening—she’s got morning, lunch, she works. I’m really attentive to a woman’s desire. I listen to them say what they want, so I don’t really have one [inspiration].
So what do your clients tell you that they want? Sex appeal? Edginess?
It depends on the person I dress, in fact. It could be a 22- or 25-year-old single American, or it could be a French actress. But they always want to be at their avantage [best].
Naturally. Beyoncé or not, I think all women want to feel that way. But if you had to pick one person, who would you say is your beauty icon?
Daria [Werbowy]. No, really, I was a huge fan of Daria because I love the girl. She’s been with Lancôme since the beginning, and she’s like an icon for me. I love her beauty, but I also love her allure. She can be sophisticated, she can be natural—she has the ability to [take on] different [personas]. I love [her as a] person, really. It’s not only a question of beauty, it’s a question of attitude.
What was your introduction to beauty?
I remember when I was young, à la maison [at the house], there were a lot of fashion magazines, and I was crazy about the advertising for makeup. There were beautiful photos for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Christian Dior [cosmetics]. And this kind of femininity was very chic, very sophisticated, and I loved the colors. You don’t always see it in my collections, but I love color. I love lipstick. You know what? I love these objects [holds up a tube of lipstick]—I think there is something feminine in putting them on. The geste and attitude [associated with applying beauty products] is so feminine. I was always completely fascinated by that. And the smell [of the lipstick], it’s a little vanilla, but not too [strong]. I’m obsessed by fragrance, and Lancôme was my first contact with cosmetics. It was the night cream my mama wore when she kissed me. And the first perfume I remember from my father was Sagamore from Lancôme.
Do you remember what your mother would pack in her evening bag?
It is very interesting that you say that because there was a smell inside her bag—there was the smell of maroquinerie [leather goods], but there was also [the scent] of lipstick, perfume, and paper money…You can read a woman by the fragrance of her handbag.
Alexandre Vauthier for Lancôme, $1,500, available July 28 on net-a-porter.com.
Prefer a sculptural accessory (like Yiqing Yin’s basket-like bag) or ergonomic pouch (like Jacquemus’ bubblegum fanny pack)? Check out the designer trio’s interpretations below.