Karlie Kloss is leaving Victoria's Secret.

The 22-year-old model - who joined the underwear giant as one of their iconic angels in 2011 aged just 18 - will be hanging up her wings when her contact runs out this year.

Victoria's Secret's senior creative director Ed Razek said: ''Karlie and I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career.

''Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person.''

The blonde beauty - who became an ambassador for L'Oreal Paris in September last year and was unveiled as the face of Chanel's Coco Noir fragrance in August - will end her collaboration with the US label due to her already jam-packed schedule.

Ed told US Weekly: ''As we talked, it became clear that she would not have the time to fulfil her myriad commitments. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract.

''Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me.''