Karlie’s father is a doctor, and she grew up surrounded by the world of medicine and healing, which gave her a clear understanding of both the blessings and the hardships that life can bring.
Deeply affected by the catastrophic haitian earthquake of 2010, Karlie, along with her friend Petra Nemcova, became involved with designer Donna Karan’s “Tents Today homes Tomorrow”, an initiative of “The happy hearts Foundation”.
She generously gave her time, name, and cachet to the relief efforts. Karlie is acknowledged by her peers as someone destined to make a difference, to put more into the world than she takes out. She plans to become involved with pediatric causes, focusing in particular on the children of families ravaged by drugs. After Karlie’s return from a recent Vogue shoot in China, Anna Wintour remarked in her editor’s letter, “if Karlie ever decided to change her ambitions from medicine, she would make a great Ambassador.”