Karlie Kloss Confesses She Was “Awkward” in Grade School, Shares Photographic Evidence

Karlie Koss may be a tall, gorgeous, successful model—not to mention a card-carrying member of Taylor Swift's #BadBloodSquad. But in a recent video posted to her Klossy YouTube page, the former Victoria's Secret Angel confessed that confidence hasn't always been her strong suit.

"As a kid, I was really tall and skinny and awkward and gangly—and I wasn't confident," Kloss, 23, said, while also sharing some adorable grade-school pics. "I've always been very open with my friends and family, but when it came to getting in front of a crowd, I always used to be very self-conscious and shy. I would go into a shell and just be very quiet."

Karlie Kloss - video

As a catwalk staple at fashion week shows in New York, Paris, and Milan, Kloss has clearly mastered her fears, and she credits ballet for helping her do so.

"One of the first ballet recitals that I danced in pointe shoes, I was so nervous. I didn't want to let [my family] down. I didn't want to let myself down!" she explained. Her solution: "I learned to cope [by taking] that anxiety—that adrenaline—and [pouring] it into something productive. What can you do to best prepare for that moment? So when it came to showtime…I knew that I did everything I possibly could to feel amazing and just perform."

Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

That said, Kloss knows first hand that no amount of preparation guarantees a smooth result. (She even called out that time in 2010 she slipped during a Fendi runway show!) But, as she also points out, "All you can do is do your best. Even when you make mistakes, sometimes those can be the most important experiences to learn from."

…I haven't been this nervous in years! ?????????????? #firstdayofschool

A photo posted by @karliekloss on Sep 2, 2015 at 4:37pm PDT

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!