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Katherine Moss, (born 16 January 1974) is an
English supermodel who is most famous for her waifish figure, high profile
relationships and iconic advertising campaigns.
Birthplace Addiscombe, London Borough of Croydon,
Hair naturally brown, currently blonde
Birthdate 16 January 1974
Measurements 32A UK/US / 70A EUR - 60 cm (24in) -
90 cm (35 in)
Height 5'6" or 5'7"
Weight 107 lb (49 kg)
Dress size UK8
Moss 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 Us 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
Management) 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, The Face.
She 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.
Moss charmed the fashion industry despite her height and has modelled for such
elite houses as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry,
Chanel, Missoni, and David Yurman. Now in her 30s, Moss is still working and has
become a "supermodel" in her own right.
She has a daughter, Lila Grace, born on 29
September 2002, with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack.
Moss has had campaigns with major Italian, French,
American, 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 ceremony was from the Christian Dior fall
2005 haute couture designed by John Galliano.
Moss 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
In 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'?"
In 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.
In 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."
April 2005 saw the launch of the Rimmel London
mascara ad featuring a leather clad Kate Moss riding a motorbike through London.
Moss 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
In 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 karma.
As 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.
Troubles and Scandals
Moss checked herself into a psychiatric centre in
1998, claiming she was suffering from "exhaustion." She later admitted she'd
been drinking and getting high before getting on the catwalk, but denied ever
indulging in harder substances. Dismissing rumours that her stay was for
substance abuse, sources have revealed that she was suffering from depression
over her separation from longtime boyfriend, actor Johnny Depp.
The British tabloids and paparazzi often target
Kate Moss, most likely because she never gives interviews. UK tabloid the Sunday
Mirror was sued successfully by Moss for claiming that she had slipped into a
coma after taking large amounts of cocaine in Spain years earlier. It was also
alleged by the media in September 2005 that Moss has had a long-standing lesbian
affair with best friend Sadie Frost. Further allegations have been made that she
has had sex with both Sadie and Sadie's then husband Jude Law several times, and
that she has also been involved in lesbian threesomes with Sadie Frost and
British TV star Davinia Taylor.
In May 2006, it was reported in the tabloid The
Daily Mail, that Moss had a visible bruise on her cheek after she invited
supposedly then ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty into her home claiming that "he needed
a shower". Afterwards Moss left her home wearing oversized sunglasses which
failed to significantly hide the bruise
British tabloids, particularly the Daily Mirror,
have long alleged that Moss habitually used cocaine. In interviews Moss
dismissed these claims as ridiculous.
On 15 September 2005, London's Daily Mirror ran
front page and inside photos that seemed to show Moss snorting several lines of
cocaine at a Babyshambles recording session. Her partner at the time, Pete
Doherty, is the band's singer and chief songwriter. It has been alleged by
Doherty that James Mullord, his former manager, sold the photos to the newspaper
for more than £150,000. Within a short time of publication,
Moss lost major modelling contracts with several international companies. On 20
September 2005, the Swedish fashion retailer H&M, which intended to feature her
in a campaign of their autumn clothes range designed by Moss's good friend
Stella McCartney, announced instead that it was dropping Moss after the drug
allegations. The contract was reportedly worth £4 million a year. A day
later, Chanel announced that it would not be renewing its contract with Moss,
which was set to expire in October, although the company said that its decision
had nothing to do with the drug scandal. Burberry also decided to drop Moss's
campaign with them. Moss quickly issued an apology though she stopped short of
admitting drug use. "I take full responsibility for my actions. I also accept
that there are various personal issues that I need to address and have started
taking the difficult, yet necessary, steps to resolve them," she said. "I want
to apologize to all of the people I have let down because of my behavior which
has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates and
Moss continued to appear in major ad campaigns
during this period for Dior. She was on the cover of the November 2005 W and
also appeared inside in a multi-page "fashion shoot". She ws also defended by
friends and supporters, including models Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen,
French actress Catherine Deneuve, her ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp, and designer
Alexander McQueen. McQueen's defense was especially notable and during his walk
out after a fashion show he wore a t-shirt saying "We love you Kate". Artist
Stella Vine also supported her and paintings of Moss by Vine in this incident
were exhibited and reproduced in the press. Pop singer Robbie Williams said of
Moss' relationship with Doherty, "I can understand why Kate finds it difficult
to leave Pete, he has a certain charisma surrounding him."
Also in November 2005, Moss ended her relationship
with Doherty soon after he checked himself out of Meadows Clinic in Arizona,
failing to complete a program for drug rehabilitation. Moss herself underwent
successful treatment there in October and had urged Doherty to seek the same
treatment himself. Doherty claims that their separation involved other issues,
telling the The Sun newspaper that Moss left him because, “I can’t buy her
diamonds and my dick is too small.” 
Moss made a comeback just months after the cocaine
scandal broke. Her current contracts (for the Fall/Winter 2006 season) include:
Rimmel, Agent Provocateur, Virgin Mobile, Belstaff, Beymen, Dior, Louis Vuitton,
Roberto Cavalli, Longchamp, Stella McCartney, Bulgari, Chanel, Nikon, David
Yurman, Versace, Mia Shvili, Calvin Klein Jeans, Burberry and Topshop.
On 5 January 2006, the Metropolitan Police asked
Moss to return from the US to Britain to answer questions about the incident.
The following day, the Daily Mirror reported that Moss would return to Britain
and face arrest about allegations of cocaine usage. She was interviewed by
police in London on 31 January 2006, with her solicitor present, but reportedly
made no admissions, and she was not arrested (photographs of alleged drug-taking
are not admissible evidence in British courts). On 16 June 2006, British police
finally dropped the charges for lack of evidence. . Ultimately Moss was
cleared of all charges due to lack of evidence, by which time she had resumed
her modelling career.
Today Kate Moss makes more money than before the
scandal. Her 2006 earnings add up to £30 million pounds 
In addition to being known for her modeling work,
Kate Moss is also an international fashion icon. She has garned many awards over
her life for her style including a CFDA award and a place on the Vanity Fair's
international best-dressed list. She even appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's
September 2006 style issue. Kate's style draws inspiration from many places, but
tends be more rock and roll. Because of her reputation for being stylish, Kate
has started many trends and she has the ability to make almost anything popular.
In recent years Kate has been seen wearing skinny jeans and pants, ankle boots,
vests, mini-dresses and hot-pants long before they were fashionable.
Kate Moss has graced over 300 magazine covers.
She appeared in the comedy Blackadder, as Maid
Marian in the episode Back and Forth, a Comic Relief special, in 2000. This
episode also starred Hugh Laurie, Colin Firth and Stephen Fry.
1 "Gallery Going", DavidCohen artcritical.com
August 28, 2003
3 "Kate Moss Ads Scrapped by H&M After Cocaine
Pictures" Chantal Britt, Bloomberg September 20, 2005
4 "Pete: Drugs, Kate & me" James Clench, The Sun
Online May 29, 2006
5 "Police urge Kate Moss to return" BBC News 5
6 "Prosecutors blow the case against Moss" Herald
Wire Service, Boston Herald.Com June 16, 2006
Vermorel, Fred - "Addicted To Love: Kate Moss"
(Omnibus Press, 2006) ISBN 1-84609-158-6
Moss, Kate - "Kate: The Kate Moss Book" (Universe,
15 August 1997) ISBN 0-7893-0101-6
Kendall, Katherine - "Kate Moss: Model of
Imperfection" (Penguin Group, 2005) ISBN 1-59609-033-2
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