Alex Apatoff
June 12, 2014 10:31 PM

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.

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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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