I lifted these two questions and answers from the InStyle online preview because how they were handled in context (would you believe with all the attention on the quote I just now read the article?) is just so “Karlie as beard” I can’t believe it. So here is the excerpt (x):
It’s important to have constants in all this, right? How do you manage a relationship with all your travel and everything else? [Kloss dates venture capitalist and health-care entrepreneur Joshua Kushner.]
You make it work. We’ve been together almost five years. Time flies. It’s crazy. He’s a super-solid dude.
Is it nice to know someone’s there?
Yeah. I’ve always been super-close with my family. They are my rock. There’s so much uncertainty in every direction, like, “Are you gonna get this job?” So having a solid crew, whether it’s your family or a partner, that’s a big part of being able to function.
So, why is this textbook Karlie as beard?
Question 1: if you change “almost five years” to just “a few years” and drop “super-solid dude” she could literally be talking about anyone on the planet. Including her actual girl. The writer injected the info about who that was. Which means Karlie never mentioned him.
Question 2: The writer clearly intended for this to be a follow up to question 1. The “someone” that the writer refers to is Josh. But the answer is her tried and true “my family.” And then she refers to her partner. I have literally never heard a straight person call their bf/gf/fiancé(e)/husband/wife their partner. That term is almost entirely used by straights who aren’t comfortable with gays who are married or gays who aren’t out yet to gender neutralize discussion of love interests. Or, you know, lawyers who are trying to make partner in the firm.