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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, recent cocaine addiction and iconic
Moss was born in Addiscombe, London Borough of Croydon, England.
Kate attended Ridgeway Primary School, then Riddlesdowne 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 sport. 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. Moss then went on to
become the anti-supermodel of the 1990s in contrast to the
supermodels at the time, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista,
Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell. This began with her
first major cover and photoshoot in British magazine, The
She ushered in the waif look in 1997(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.
Despite 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 right.
She has a daughter, Lila Grace, born on 29 September 2002,
with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack.
Kate Moss during her waif periodIn 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 it's 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 over 10 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
In 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.
Moss has appeared in music videos like "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 (2003 version of "Some
Velvet Morning") and Babyshambles. She has worked with
various artists and sculptors including artist and photographer
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
April 2005 saw the launch of the Rimmel London mascara ad
featuring a leather clad Kate Moss riding a motorbike through
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. And 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.
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
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.
She 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. Moss
has been accused of almost everything from heroin use to anorexia.
British tabloids, particularly the Daily Mirror, have long
alleged that Moss habitually used cocaine. In interviews Moss
dismissed these claims as ridiculous.
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 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.
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
boyfriend at the time, Pete Doherty, is the lead singer and
songwriter of the band. It has been alleged by Doherty that
James Mullord, his former manager, sold the photos to the
newspaper for more than £150,000.
Moss ended her relationship with Doherty in November 2005
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
cant buy her diamonds and my dick is too small.
On 20 September 2005, the Swedish fashion retailer H&M,
which untended 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. She would have been 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 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".
Friends and supporters have defended Moss, including models
Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen, French actress Catherine
Deneuve, pop singer Robbie Williams, her ex-boyfriend Johnny
Depp, and designer Alexander McQueen. McQueen's defense was
especially notable: 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.
Moss 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 others."
She made a comeback just months after the cocaine scandal
broke. Her current contracts include: Rimmel, Virgin Mobile,
Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Longchamp, Stella McCartney, Bvlgari,
Nikon and David Yurman. She is rumoured to return to fashion
houses Burberry and possibly even Chanel, both of which had
previously severed ties with the model.
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.