Mark it down, people: 2011 was the year Karlie Kloss really grew up.
Seen as the favorite young modeling phenom of the past several years, Karlie turned 19 and graduated to riskier gigs in the past 12 months. She made a splash with a topless shoot (modeling hair styles, of all things) for Allure in September, then she got her Angel wings for the very first time in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Now she's reached a new pinnacle: a high-fashion, nearly nude editorial in Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel.
The cover, bold as it is with its side-butt shot, only hints at the skin-baring shots inside. Kloss shows off her taut and, in our opinion, a bit too thin figure (how many crunches do you do a night, Karlie?!) in minishorts, dresses and sometimes nothing at all, proving her fearlessness in the face of the camera.
Her body is so impressive, in fact, that Vogue Italia leads its accompanying text with the words: "The (new) Body."
Bold move, Franca. Bold move. Are we declaring Miss Kloss the heir to the Macpherson title?
Based on this year-end editorial, we should say so. See more photos on Vogue.it.
UPDATE: Vogue Italia has since pulled the second photo below, showing Karlie in the hat and leather jacket, off their website.