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Birthday Girl Karlie Kloss Is 23 Years Old And Killing It

HBD, Klossy!

By Jessica Norton

Part model, part boss-lady, full-time member of Taylor Swift's squad, Karlie Kloss is killin' it -- and she just turned 23 years old Monday (August 3)!

On the day of her birth, it's high time to count down all of Karlie's accomplishments. For example: Karlie recently stepped off the runway and into the classroom to work with young women learning how to code. She awarded 20 girls with #KodeWithKarlie scholarships to take classes with her at the Flat Iron School and learn how to create and explore concepts of software programming and app building. How cool is that?!

PLUS: In the fall, she'll be heading to New York University to continue her education at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

It ALSO must be noted that she has her own line of absolutely delicious gluten-free, dairy-free desserts through Momofuku Milkbar, appropriately called "Klossies" (formerly "Karlie's Kookies") and the proceeds from the cookies go toward providing meals to those in need around the world. Um, she's basically good at everything.

ON TOP OF ALL THAT: Tay says Karl is "made of 100% sunshine.” So, in honor of her awesome personality, we're counting down her most inspiring quotes. HBD, lady!

  1. "If I can show one girl that you can do whatever you set your mind to, I will be thrilled."
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  2. "I really enjoy being active and feeling strong, because I think that’s kind of when I feel most beautiful and most confident -- when I feel good in my own body."
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  3. "[In high school] I was awkward and tall and lanky, not much different than I am now."
  4. "The interesting thing about beauty is that it means different things in different cultures around the world. For instance, I’ve been told that a long neck is a sign of beauty in South Africa. But for me, it’s not just about appearances. When I do charitable work, that’s when I feel most beautiful."
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  5. On BFF Taylor Swift: "We just kind of clicked. We both enjoy baking. We have a love for cookies."
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  6. "I listen to classical music before I fall asleep. Before I go out, Kanye West, Beyoncé, XX or Adele."
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  7. "When I have a free day, I love to sleep!"
  8. "If I had my own perfume brand it would obviously be called Kookies by Karlie. It would smell like home-baked, fresh cookies."
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  9. "I don’t ever want to be perfect. That is not the ambition. The ambition is just to be the best that I can be."
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  10. "I’m the middle child of all girls. I claim the middle child syndrome all the way! We fought a lot as kids, but they are my best friends. You kind of all have to get out of the house and find your own groove. But sisters are built-in best friends. You butt heads for a minute and then realize how much you love each other. "
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  11. "I have always believed that you have to be confident in yourself. Anything can happen if you really work at it. Never give up."
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  12. "Everything on your phone, every app, everything is built in this language [code]... For me, I am incredibly fascinated with this language and think it is an incredible power to be able to build something in code ... It's really fun. I'm a nerd."
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  13. "Girls are stronger in numbers, so, yes. I believe girls should stick together whenever possible."
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  14. "I think it’s actually kind of incredible that a blogger who has a great voice can confirm their seat front-row at a show that might not have had that opportunity 10 years ago. It gives someone a voice; it gives me a voice that I certainly never had before"
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  15. "I stopped eating Goldfish and Oreos and started eating kale salads and avocado toast, it changed my energy. I realized, OK, how I eat affects how I feel.”
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  16. "My ballet training was honestly the most valuable thing I could have done to prepare myself for this career…[modeling] is about movement, about rhythm, about your body and your muscles."
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  17. "My ambition is to study things I’m curious about.”
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  18. "Running helps me clear my mind and gives me uninterrupted time to think. I also always feel re-centered and ready to take on the day after a really good run."
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  19. "I was very unfashionable as a kid. I think I lived in my swimsuit the entire summer. "
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  20. "Everything that happens is something I would never have imagined happening to me."
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  21. "I take responsibility for the fact that other young women see pictures of me and it might impact how they feel about themselves, so I only want to stand for things I'm proud of."
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  22. "People don't expect me to be well-read or have an opinion, I almost like that – I like being able to shock people."
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  23. "That is really how I measure success; it is what you do with it. I’m excited for the future, I’m excited for all that it holds, but for me the focus is on continuing to challenge myself and make myself better.”
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