Kate Moss, who has become one of the most familiar and top paid supermodels of the
1990's, was born in Croydon,
Surrey, England, on January 16, 1974.
Her work in the fashion industry and modeling started in 1988, when Kate and her
family were at the airport on their way home from a vacation.
The young 14-year-old teen caught the eye of Sarah Ducas of Storm Agency, who
introduced herself and began a discussion with Moss about modeling. This chance
meeting was the launching pad of her very successful career.
Moss signed contracts with three different modeling agencies, Women in New York,
Marilyn in Milan, and Storm in London. Her first modeling job was a topless
nude appearance on the cover of the British magazine, "The Face".
The long list of magazine
covers Kate Moss has appeared on include Allure and Harper's Bazaar in
the United States; Arena, Elle and The Face in the UK; as well as the
American, British, Australian, Italian, and Brazilian editions of Vogue.
If anyone could possibly not recognize Kate from the magazine
covers she has appeared on, they would from all the advertisements she has
worked on. Moss became a staple in Calvin Klein advertisements, such as
those for the fragrances Obsession, CK Be and CK One. Some criticized many
of the advertisements, saying they exploited young teen girls sexy bodies,
and showed them in suggestive poses. The man behind these
controversial ads, Calvin Klein, can be credited with launching her
career in the early 1990's.
In addition to Calvin Klein ads, Moss has also appeared in advertisements for Burberry,
Cerruti 1881, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, L'Oreal, and Yves Saint Laurent.
She has also shown her talents on the catwalks for such big name designers
as Chanel and Versace.
Kate Moss also tried her luck at television and movies, and appeared as
herself in several episodes of the British comedy series "French and
Saunders" in 1996, as well as in movies like Isaac Mizrahi's "Unzipped"
(1995), "Catwalk" (1996) with Cindy
Slater and Christy Turlington where a camera follows model Christy
Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York. Next was "Beautopia" (1998) with Cindy
Crawford and Claudia
"Original Copies" (1999). Also in 1999, Moss appeared as Maid
Marian and Queen Marian in "Blackadder Back & Forth".
Keeping with the ritual of supermodels being cast in music videos, Kate wins the prize
for the most music video appearances. She has been in Johnny Cash's
"Delia's Gone," Primal Scream's "Kowalski" and Elton
John's "The Way You Look Tonight."
Also establishing her status in the publishing world, Moss released a book called
The Kate Moss Story", which is a anthology of her best photos of herself.
Mostly known for her unhealthy image, and accusations of anorexia and
rumored heavy heroin use, and known as a heavy smoker, she checked herself into the Priory
Clinic in 1998, suffering from exhaustion.
Having been romantically linked to fellow party animal Johnny Depp for
five years, she also dated photographer Mario Sorrenti.
of the VH1 Award for Model of the Year in 1997, Kate Moss is one of the most successful and
famous models of the '90s, having
earned an income of almost $10,000 a day.
On September 29, 2002, Moss became a mother with the birth of daughter Lila
Grace, whose father was her boyfriend Jefferson Hack. During her
pregnancy, she posed nude for a life-size portrait called "Naked
Portrait 2002," which sold for roughly $6.5 million at Christie's
In July 2005, Moss won a lawsuit against the British tabloid "The Sunday
Mirror" for "falsely claiming" that she slipped into a coma
after abusing cocaine. Unfortunately in September 2005, the The Daily Mirror ran pictures of her
cocaine with her boyfriend Pete Doherty, the front man of the British punk
band "The Libertines" and "Baby Shambles". As a result, H&M, Chanel and Burberry
cancelled her contracts, and many are wondering if the supermodel's
career may be over.