Katherine Ann Moss was born in Addiscombe, Croydon, South London, England. At the age of 14 after returning from a holiday in the Bahamas, Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Management spotted Kate at JFK Airport in New York. And there her modelling story began.
Photo: Kate Moss photographed in Borneo by Corinne Day & curtesy of the estate of Corinne Day & Gimpel fils.
Moss is still known for her waifish figure in contrast to the curvaceous figures of the 90’s supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Linda Evangelista. She was a breath of fresh air. Was this the beginning of the size 0 model, or the adrogynous physique.
Where did it all begin?
It all began with her first cover shoot for British magazine “The Face” in 1997, which evoked mush public conjecture over her skinniness.
Further controversy followed Moss as she posed scantily clad for Calvin Klein underwear adverts and then posed nude for an advert for
Calvin Klein perfume, ‘Obsession’.
Moss has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. She is one of the most recognized supermodels in the world.
She has been a spokesperson throughout her professional career, and has worked with major British, French, NewYork and Italian designers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, Narciso Rodriguez, Bvlgari, Sephora.com, Missoni, Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Cerruti 1881, Burberry and Rimmel.
Her fashion portfolio includes spreads in most major fashion magazines including UK, US, and French Vogue magazines (as well as other international versions of Vogue).
In April 2005 Rimmel launched their new mascara, using Kate as the first face of Rimmel cosmetics. In the advert, she is clad in leather and rides a motorbike through London. This advert is still as popular today as it was then.
In July 2005 she won the Fashion Designers of America Vogue/CFDA award. It is reported that the haute couture dress she wore from the Christian Dior fall 2005
collection, to the award ceremony, inspired John Galliano to create his entire Spring 2006 ready-to-wear collection around the theme of nude and black lace. They became life long friends, no wonder that he was the ‘chosen one’ to create Kate’s wedding dress to Jamie Hince.
Of course we can’t forget the scandal that rocked the fashion world in September 2005, when London’s Daily Mirror ran the story with the headline “Cocaine Kate” and photographs of Moss at a Babyshambles studio recording, allegedly cutting cocaine.
A number of sponsors and internatioal companies were not amused and immediately dropped Moss from their campaigns.
It was time for Kate to reflect on her lifestyle. To her credit that is what she did, even trying to encourage Pete Doherty to do the same.
With her uncanny ability to turn criticism to her credit, Moss bounced back.
In a career that has spanned more than a decade, Moss, now in her 30s, is still modelling, is a sought after guest at celebrity functions and is still considered youthful and beautiful.
Her current contracts include Virgin Mobile, Rimmel, Dior, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Longchamp, David Yurman, Bvlgari and Nikon.
The clothes she wears as well as her style are regularly imitated by fashionistas world wide. As a result of this inimitable influence. Vogue magazine put Kate in its compilation of the “world’s most sartorially stylish celebrities”,
a first table of its kind compiled by the leading fashion publication in 2010.
Hailed as “tousled sexiness a la Bardot”, Moss was named the best dressed woman of the decade because she was the celebrity whose style was most emulated by other women.
She is one of the “world’s most sartorially stylish celebrities”.
Kate is now much more than a supermodel, much more than an industry; she is now also a museum show. In the spring of 2011, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will stage a major exhibition on Kate, almost as if she were Toulouse-Lautrec or Madame Vionnet. It seems quite unprecedented, as if this girl who was once decried for perpetrating a wave of waifdom on the world, who literally lowered the bar for models (to about five foot seven), were herself a fine artist.
The other side of Kate Moss
Kate Moss has been a supporter of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, and in the 1990s featured in one of their target T-shirt campaigns. She designed a charm in a necklace for Wallis in 2007 in aid of Cancer Research UK and said “I am happy to
give my support to help fund crucial research, as so many lives are affected by this terrible disease”.
She has helped to launch the SamandRuby charity in March 2006. The charity was started to provide funding for the education and shelter of Thai children.
The SamandRuby organisation is named after a friend of Moss’s, Samantha Archer Fayet, and her 6 month old daughter Ruby Rose, were killed by the Tsunami while visiting Thailand.
She also supports the Elton John Aids Foundation, the Lucie Blackman Trust, Make Poverty History, Comic Relief and Homes of Hope, amongst others.
On May 1st 2007, a collection of clothes designed by Moss exclusively for the Topshop chain under Philip Greene were launched across the UK in the chain’s 225 stores.
A Kate Moss “countdown to launch” board filled a window of the company’s flagship Oxford Street store.
In a new commercial for her own range of lipsticks with Rimmel London, Kate Moss lets you in on why exactly it rocks to be a supermodel.
After waking up in bed with three other models, Moss crashes a music video shoot with The Vaccines (where she naturally performs a guitar solo), jumps around in nothing
but red panties, escapes on a helicopter, and looks fabulous the whole time.
Her lipstick collection, which launches at Boots in the UK on September 7, comprises seven colors ranging from red to plum.
Watch the clip at http://youtu.be/_z6zcflkWoI.
Now she enters another phase of her life, as a wife and mother, with her husband Jamie Hince and daughter Lila Grace (from a previou realationship with Jefferson Hack).
If the tabloids are correct, there maybe the patter of another pair of tiny feet pretty soon.
Her party nights have now been replaced with healthy eating and exercise (she has been reported as being a vegan). She puts her her rejuvenation down to a style of yoga called Jivamukti (meaning “liberation while living”), which, while not as widespread or well-known as ashtanga, has a growing and devoted following at its London, , New York, Munich and Sydney
Kate stated “They call it moving meditation. It’s loud, loud music, so its dynamic, not boring” (Just like Kate) And if it can turn back the clock on years of partying, who wouldn’t want to give it a try?
Lets hope that she is around for a little while yet. I am sure she has so much more to offer us. Long may she reign.