Supermodels Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss say modeling isn’t a real job

Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss

Unlike the rest of us, Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss don’t consider themselves to be “models.” Both women recently said in separate interviews that posing for cameras is less of a career and more of a fleeting source of income.

Miranda, who was the second highest-paid model of 2013, told The Edit she considers herself to be an entrepreneur above all else.

“From my first photoshoot at 14, I never saw myself as a model,” the Australian beauty said. “If someone asks me what I do, I say, ‘I have my own skincare line.’ I don’t define myself as a model.”

Karlie expressed a nearly identical sentiment when speaking with The Gloss this week: “I think that’s why I treat myself more as an athlete than just a model. But I’m not a professional athlete, I’m not a professional dancer, I’m not a professional anything. I have never considered modeling an actual job title.”

Although the work Miranda and Karlie do as models does fit the definition of a job, both women said it’s tricky because modeling is rarely a sustainable career.

“I might as well do it while I can. It’s not going to last forever,” Miranda said. Karlie referred to it as a “fun and funny gig.”

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