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Karlie Kloss has admitted she decided to quit her job as a Victoria's Secret Angel because she thought the brand's message wasn't one to spread for 'young women around the world'.
The 26-year-old model joined Victoria's Secret as an Angel in 2013 after first starting with the company in 2011, and she kept her Angel-status until 2015 by walking in multiple runway shows and modeling for ads.
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But Karlie then took a two-year hiatus from the brand to study feminist theory at New York University's Gallatin School. This inspired the model to do some soul-searching regarding her job and ultimately quit her ties with the lingerie brand.
'The reason I decided to stop working with Victoria's Secret was I didn't feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful,' Karlie told British Vogue.
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Karlie ended up returning to the runway one more time in 2017 for the brand before officially quitting her reign as an Angel — a difficult decision given it was one of the model's most lucrative jobs.
But Karlie explained to the publication how the decision was actually a 'pivotal moment' for her in deciding what she wanted to represent professionally.
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'I think that was a pivotal moment in me stepping into my power as a feminist, being able to make my own choices and my own narrative, whether through the companies I choose to work with, or through the image I put out to the world,' she said.
This comes after Karlie defended the brand one year ago at the height of the #MeToo movement. At the time, she claimed the brand and its runway shows stood for something powerful regarding female sexuality.
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