Katherine Moss, who has become one of the most recognized
and highest paid supermodels of the '90s, was born in Croydon,
Surrey, England, on January 16, 1974.
Kate's entry into the fashion industry all started in 1988,
when she and her family were in JFK Airport on their way back
from a vacation in the Bahamas. The then 14-year-old Kate
caught the eye of Sarah Ducas of Storm Agency, who approached
her. This chance encounter was the launching pad of Kate's
hugely successful career.
Kate signed with three different modeling agencies -- Women
in New York, Marilyn in Milan, and Storm in London. Her first
modeling job was a topless appearance on the cover of the
British magazine, The Face.
After that, Kate was on her way to becoming the latest "It"
girl, whose face and body would show up everywhere. The long
list of magazine covers she has graced include Allure and
Harper's Bazaar in the U.S.; Arena, Elle and The Face in the
UK; as well as the American, British, Australian, Italian,
and Brazilian editions of Vogue.
If someone could possibly not recognize Kate Moss from the
slew of magazine covers she has graced, they surely would
from all the advertisements she has appeared in. Kate practically
became a staple in Calvin Klein ads, such as those for fragrances
like Obsession, CK Be and CK One. The man behind these controversial
ads, Calvin Klein, can be credited with launching Kate Moss'
career in the early '90s.
In addition to Calvin Klein ads, she has also appeared in
ads for Burberry, Cerruti 1881, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace,
L'Oreal, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Kate has also strutted her stuff on the catwalks for such
big-name designers as Calvin Klein, Chanel and Versace.
Moss also made her way onto the small and big screens. She
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), Beautopia
(1998), and Original Copies (1999). In 1999, she appeared
as Maid Marian/Queen Marian in Blackadder Back & Forth.
In keeping with the tradition of supermodels being cast in
music videos, such as Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen,
Kate Moss 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 leaving her mark in the publishing world, Kate released
a book called Kate: The Kate Moss Story, which is a collection
of her favorite pictures of none other than herself.
Although Kate's career has been multi-faceted to say the
least, not all has been rosy Kate Moss' story. Mostly known
for her unhealthy image (her rail-thin figure refueled the
"heroin chic" waif look of the early '90s and she
is known as a heavy smoker), Kate checked into the Priory
Clinic in 1998, suffering from exhaustion.
Having been romantically linked to fellow partier Johnny
Depp for four years, Kate also dated Calvin Klein photographer
Mario Sorrenti. Recipient of the VH1 Award for Model of the
Year in 1996, Kate Moss is unquestionably one of the most
successful and controversial models of the '90s, having earned
an income of approximately $10,000 per day.
On September 29, 2002, she became a mother with the birth
of daughter Lila Grace, whose father is Kate's boyfriend Jefferson
Hack. During her pregnancy, she posed nude for a near life-size
portrait called "Naked Portrait 2002," which is
estimated to fetch up to $6.5 million at Christie's auction