The 25-year-old model has praised the 51-year-old supermodel for her style and for her parenting skills as the blonde-haired beauty believes she has passed on her ''incredible taste'' to her 16-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber.
Speaking about her idols to InStyle Online, the Kode With Klossy founder said: ''I think Cindy Crawford is one of the chicest women. She's so smart, and she's got incredible taste. She taught Kaia well. Kaia also has really good style.
''Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi [Campbell]. I mean, women who I really admire, for a myriad of reasons. They have been exactly in my shoes as a model but also think about all the other ways to use their voice and platform to do the things that they are passionate about.
''And Jourdan Dunn. She's one of my best friends, and I just think she's like hysterical and she has really good taste.''
Karlie has revealed the best piece of advice she has ever received was from her former teacher, and she draws on those wise words to this day.
She explained: ''The first one that comes to mind is my third grade teacher, Mrs. Sonderman. She told me, ''Don't sweat the small stuff.'' Today I was thinking about her.''
The catwalk icon is set for a busy year ahead as she will launch her own TV show 'Movie Night With Karlie Kloss' later this year, she hopes to ''build'' her modelling career, and she is planning to take on even more projects.
She said: ''I have a long list. Right now I have my plate full, but I have big ambitions for what I want to continue to build in my modelling career, in my work with Kode with Klossy, and in all of the projects that I'm involved in. But I have always known that I plan to, at the right time, with the right idea, build a business, be it a consumer goods business, a technology business, I have no shortage of ideas. It's a matter of finding the right one, the right timing, and the right team.''