Karlie Kloss reveals why she said yes to Joshua Kushner's proposal despite 'complications'
Everyone knows that whenever politics come up at the family dinner table, you shut the conversation down immediately. Talk about anything else: puppies, the weather, the minor traffic jam you got stuck in this morning on your way to work. Seriously, anything to steer the discussion away from impending disaster you have on your hands.
However, what if your fiancée was related to the Trump family? That family dinner is pretty much a lost cause, right? This was the issue on many people's minds when Karlie Kloss announced her engagement to Joshua Kushner back in July.
For those who aren't aware, Joshua's brother is Jared Kushner, senior advisor to Donald Trump and husband of the Republican president's daughter, Ivanka Trump. However, both Karlie and Joshua have been outspoken about their liberal political views in the past, and Kloss made it clear that she voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, broaching the question of, how does this familial arrangement work?
The 26-year-old supermodel - who has been with the American businessman for six years - shed a little light on the subject when she recently spoke to Vogue for their October issue. Talking about why she chose to say yes to Josh's proposal, despite "complications", she said: "Josh and I share a lot of the same liberal values that guide our lives and the things we stand for. We’ve really grown together personally and professionally. Josh knows that I’m just a nerdy, curious human being. I think that’s why he loves me. We have each other’s back."
She continued: "At the end of the day, I've had to make decisions based on my own moral compass—forget what the public says, forget social media. I've chosen to be with the man I love despite the complications."
In addition, the Victoria's Secret star spoke about how frustrating the media attention on her relationship can be, calling out the sexism seemingly involved in it. "It’s frustrating, to be honest, that the spotlight is always shifted away from my career toward my relationship," she said. "I don’t think the same happens in conversations with men."
A little-known fact about the 26-year-old is that she is an avid computer programmer, who partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship named Kode with Klossy for young girls interested in computer science and software engineering back in 2015.
The program, one of the model's proudest achievements, offers girls aged 13 to 18 years old a free, two-week summer coding camp experience and reportedly now hosts 50 camps in 25 different cities. In the past, Kloss has spoken out about the importance of the project, writing for Teen Vogue that her first coding class taught her that more girls need to become leaders in technology.
"I quickly came to understand that code is a superpower every young woman should be able to access," she wrote. "Understanding that code is the underlying (and invisible) framework of tech means that we do not have to be passive bystanders in our ever-changing digital world. Being able to write lines of code means that we too can architect and contribute to the innovation and evolution of technology. I also walked away from that first class with another lesson: There just aren’t enough girls in code and tech."
Intelligent, successful, beautiful and seemingly able to navigate family dinnertime politics with ease? Karlie Kloss continues to be our idol.