Moss, (born 16 January 1974) is an English supermodel
who is most famous for her waifish figure, high profile
relationships and iconic advertising campaigns.
was born in Addiscombe, London Borough of Croydon,
England. Kate attended Ridgeway Primary School, then
Riddlesdown High School but she was not noted for
her academic success. According to Vermorel's book
"Addicted to Love: Kate Moss" she gained
one C (in Science) and all the rest were Ds, Es, and
Fs at GCSE level. However, she did excel at sports.
She was discovered at the age of 14 by Sarah Doukas
(the founder of Storm Model Agency) in 1988, at JFK
Airport in New York City, after a vacation in the
Bahamas. Corinne Day shot black and white photographs
of Kate for The Face magazine when she was 15. Moss
then went on to become the anti-supermodel of the
1990s in contrast to the supermodels at the time,
such as Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia
Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. This began with her
first big cover and photoshoot in British magazine,
ushered in the waif look in 1993 (which prompted much
speculation over her weight) with a highly publicised
campaign for Calvin Klein, including posing nude in
ads for its perfume brand, Obsession. Some have even
blamed her for popularizing the dangerous "heroin
chic" look. Storm Model Agency lists Moss as
being 173 cm (5' 8") but it is widely known that
she is shorter than that, around 5' 7". Twiggy,
a famous model during the 1960s who is 5' 6",
wrote in her autobiography that she and Moss are about
the same height.
this apparent disadvantage, Moss charmed the fashion
industry and has walked/campaigned for such elite
houses as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton,
Versace, Chanel, Missoni,
and David Yurman. Now in her 30s, Moss is still working
and has become a "supermodel" in her own
has a daughter, Lila Grace, born on 29 September 2002,
with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack.
September 2005, after she was filmed while allegedly
cutting and inhaling cocaine, several of her sponsors
disassociated themselves. However, led by Virgin,
work has rapidly returned. In May of 2006, Maxim magazine
named her #24 in its annual Hot 100 issue.
Moss has had campaigns with major Italian, French,
New York, and British
designers including Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Burberry,
Rimmel, and Bulgari. She has been featured in fashion
spreads in most major fashion magazines including
UK, US, and French Vogue magazines (as well as other
international versions of Vogue), Another Man, Vanity
Fair, the Face, and W. Moss has appeared on the cover
of Vogue 23 times and has been featured on the cover
of 17 issues of W, including one issue with nine different
covers featuring the model. W even names Moss its
muse (September 2003 issue). She has worked with the
most well-known photographers in the fashion industry
today, such as Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven
Klein, and Juergen Teller, and is a Peter L "trained"
model. She won the prestigious Vogue/CFDA award from
the Fashion Designers of America in July 2005 as Fashion
Inspiration. The haute couture dress she wore to the
award ceremoney was from the Christian Dior fall 2005
haute couture and would inspire John Galliano to create
an entire collection based around the nude and black
lace dress in Dior's spring 2006 ready-to-wear.
1997, Kate: The Kate Moss Book was published. The
book is a compilation of photos Moss herself had selected
to represent her career in front of the camera.
has appeared in music videos like "Kowalski"
by Primal Scream, "I Just Don't Know What to
do with Myself" by the White Stripes and "Delia's
Gone" by Johnny Cash.
She also provided vocals for songs by Primal Scream
(the 2003 version of "Some Velvet Morning")
and Babyshambles. She has worked with various artists
and sculptors including artist and photographer Chuck
March 2003, Moss did a lengthy interview with website
Showstudio. This was notable as Moss almost never
gives interviews. She replied to the topic of the
media singling her out on the debate on body image
with: "It was just the time. It was a swing from
more buxom girls like Cindy Crawford and people were
shocked to see what they called a 'waif'. What can
you say? How many times can you say 'I'm not anorexic'?"
February 2005, a nude portrait by Lucian Freud of
Moss while she was pregnant sold for £3.93 million.
Moss planned and posed for the portrait as her version
of the Madonna as a full frontal nude.
2006, Sphinx, a sculpture of Moss in a complicated
yoga position was unveiled by controversial British
sculptor Marc Quinn. The pose itself was modelled
by a more experienced woman, though the body, hands,
and feet are cast in Moss' exact measurements. Quinn's
representation of Moss is meant to show "a mirror
of ourselves, a knotted Venus of our age."
2005 saw the launch of the Rimmel London mascara ad
featuring a leather clad Kate Moss riding a motorbike
has led ads by Roberto Cavalli; and in the February
issue of W is a 20 page main fashion shoot depicting
her as Greek goddess shot in St. Barts while on vacation.
She is the cover of the 6 March edition of W and in
a 15 page fashion shoot as Marilyn Monroe in the April
issue of W.
March 2006, the women's lifestyle magazine Female
First reported Kate Moss as adopting Buddhism after
briefly reading about its philosophy during rehab
to get through an alleged drug addiction. According
to Britain's Grazia Magazine, she is contemplating
on doing charity or volunteer work to achieve good
of April 2006, camera company Nikon have also signed
Moss to be the new face of their new Coolpix S6 digital
camera, where the photoshoot features Moss in a state
of undress, with nothing but the camera.
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