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.”