Karlie Kloss Recalls Exactly What She Was Wearing When She Was Cast in Her First Show

Karlie Kloss's cover shoot for InStyle's June issue is nothing short of fierce. It's no surprise she's depicted this way — wearing sparkling armor outfits and sky-high heels — Karlie Kloss is a badass, with a very important agenda. In the editorial, Karlie talks to Laura Brown about being a feminist and how she got her start on the runway. That's when she revealed a tiny little tidbit we couldn't help but acknowledge: Karlie literally bought heels at Target in order to launch her career.

"Honestly, I never owned a pair of heels until I became a model. I remember buying a pair of black high heels from Target in St. Louis because I had to practice learning how to walk in them . . . I had just turned 15 — now 18 is the minimum age to model — and started high school on a Monday, and by Friday I was on a plane to New York for a casting call. I thought, 'There's no way anyone is going to book me for New York Fashion Week, but it's good to go and see people.' I had my high heels from Target and a little black dress from Macy's that my mom bought me. It became my lucky little black dress that I continued to wear again and again. That was the outfit I was wearing when I walked into Calvin Klein in 2008 and got cast in the show that launched my career. I look back at photos, and I'm like, 'How and why did anybody book me?' I was a child! But I was a very tall child. I've always been kind of an old soul, I guess."

While Karlie obviously knows how to get around in very tall stilettos (just check out the below shoot for reference), it's no wonder she was never particularly inclined to ditch her flats — Karlie also happens to wear sneakers like a total boss on her off-duty days. Scroll to check out her feature in full, then pick up the June 2017 issue on Friday May 10.