Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss Both Deny Being Full-Time Models. What's Up With That?

06/12/2014 at 06:31 PM ET

Whether it’s designing accessories or embracing the crop top, models tend to flock to trends as one beautiful, long-legged entity. And right now, the hottest vogue to sweep the modeling kingdom appears to be denying that you’re really a model at all. Two of the most in-demand models in the world, Miranda Kerr (No. 2 on Forbes’ Top Paid Models list in 2013) and Karlie Kloss (expected to make it this year thanks to her slew of endorsements) have both recently declared that they don’t consider modeling to be their job.

Miranda Kerr Karlie Kloss modelsJun Sato/WireImage; Tony Barson/FilmMagic

In an interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, Kerr claimed to see herself an an entrepreneur more than anything else, saying, “From my first photoshoot at 14, I never saw myself as a model. If someone asks me what I do, I say, ‘I have my own skincare line.’ I don’t define myself as a model.” That’s not to say that she doesn’t make money posing in fancy clothes for famous fashion photographers. “I like being able to find different aspects of myself and expressing them through a picture,” she says. “It’s fun. I might as well do it while I can. It’s not going to last forever.”

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Kloss echoed the sentiment in an interview with Into the Gloss earlier this week. “I think that’s why I treat myself more as an athlete than just a model,” she said. “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. I have yet to determine what my job actually is but, yeah, modeling is a fun and funny gig.”

Merriam-Webster defines “job” as “the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money,” so we think Kloss and Kerr may be a little confused in their analysis of their day-to-day profession, especially considering just how much money they earn for this specialized skill set. But hey, we can’t blame them for wanting to keep their options open.

What do you think of this trend of models denying they’re models? Silly or smart?

–Alex Apatoff

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JJ on

Job = money…. so unless they are showing up and posing for free, it’s their job!

Ceeteefeebs on

Total flakes.

Isabel on

Fake, empty and boring, that’s what they are.

Melany on

Totally boring and ungrateful !!!
They are what they are thanks to modeling. NEXT !!!

ashlaegl on

These people will say or use just about anything to keep themselves relevant in the public eye, whether if “accidentally” having a wardrobe malfunction or using their kid to keep getting noticed.

R on

I don’t intend to be hateful, but if it wasn’t for modelling, these two would just be empty-headed women clinging to 60 year old millionaires. Miranda especially needs to rethink her job title, because her skincare line would not exist without that modelling money.

Pam on

Dumb! Pisses me off! I sure wish I could be a model and make that type of money and not have to struggle to get by. They are very privileged.

Jen on

Does job title even matter? Surprising this is even an article but how people want to define themselves is up to them… to each their own.

rain on

They are so beautiful! Beautiful people tend to get away with things more if they were not so beautiful no one would even care. Modeling is still a job they sound kind of ungrateful.

susan on

Of course they are models. No entrepreneur would talk that vapidly. The only people they are fooling are themselves.

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