When asked about the excuse designers most often use for refusing to book her in runway shows, the leggy lady answered without skipping a beat.
"You are too famous," she revealed. "No one will pay attention to the clothes."
Indeed, Karlie has become increasingly recognizable as more than just a runway model with her various side projects, including a cohosting gig on MTV's House of Style reboot, a denim line and a highly visible role as a Victoria's Secret Angel in the retailer's latest campaign.
In a recent Vogue shoot on the streets of New York, the cropped-haired cutie even caused a traffic jam alongside French electronic music duo Daft Punk.
And while her notoriety may seem like a bit of a headache now, it might prove profitable years from now when designers could pass her up because of her age.
It seems like the 21-year-old is poised to join the ranks of supermodels like Kate Moss and Tyra Banks, who have leveraged their careers to build empires that are no longer dependent on sashaying down the catwalk.
And in the case of Moss, her status as a fashion icon had her booking a runway show as recently as last March, when the 39-year-old worked it for Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show at Paris fashion week.
So, keep your fashionable chin up, Karlie, because we're guessing your fame will take you far!