Karlie Kloss has been working as a model for 10 years, but the TIME 100 honoree says she still gets camera-shy.
“I’ve been on hundreds, maybe even thousands of photo shoots at this point,” she told TIME in an exclusive interview. “And I still get nervous. … Maybe that’s a good thing. I hope that never goes away.”
The model also spoke about who she looks up to in her career. “[Model] Christy Turlington is my mentor, and I’m lucky to call her my friend, as well. … The way that she balanced her education and her career is something I really admire. It gave me a lot of courage to do the same.”
Kloss, who recently launched a coding initiative for girls called Kode with Klossy, said she truly values the importance of education. “I just really have a curiosity, and I think that you can’t turn that off,” she said. “I learned a bit about the technology industry, and I wanted to learn how it all worked. So I started taking some coding classes, and that was really the beginning.”