Karlie Kloss has clarified her political stance and announced she will vote against Donald Trump in 2020 after a Project Runway clip regarding her relationship to her husband’s family went viral earlier this month.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the model, who is married to Jared Kushner’s brother Joshua, addressed her political views and how they differ from members of her family.
“I’m sure I’m not the only person in this country who does not necessarily agree with their family on politics,” Kloss said. “I voted as a Democrat in 2016, and I plan to do the same thing in 2020.”
“I’m very passionate about different issues, women’s reproductive health and you know, I’m very involved with Planned Parenthood,” Kloss added.
The 27-year-old clarified her position after a Project Runway contestant referred to her family-in-law during an episode of the show.
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After the judges questioned whether Kloss would wear a design created by contestant Tyler Neasloney, he added: “Not even to a dinner with the Kushners?”
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But, according to the Project Runway host, the issue wasn’t Neasloney’s question - it was his dress.
“Honestly, the real tragedy of this whole thing is that no one is talking about how terrible that dress was,” Kloss told Cohen. “That’s why he went home. I would not wear that dress to any dinner.”
Kloss also acknowledged that she fell in love with her husband, who is also a Democrat and who she married in 2018, “long before the election”.
“I met my man in 2012, I was 19 years old - it was 2012, it was a different world,” she said. “My man and I have been through a lot together, and I’m so proud that he’s my partner. It’s not been easy but it’s worth it. And I would make that same decision a million times again.”
This is not the first time the model has been outspoken regarding her political preferences. In a July 2019 interview with British Vogue, Kloss said that it’s been “hard” being under public scrutiny due to her husband’s family and their close ties to the Trump administration.
“It’s been hard,” she said. “But I choose to focus on the values that I share with my husband, and those are the same liberal values that I was raised with and that have guided me throughout my life.”
In 2016, Kloss revealed that she voted for Hillary Clinton with an Instagram post, which she captioned: “#ImWithHer”.