Katherine Moss (born January 16, 1974), known as Kate Moss, is an iconic English supermodel who is known for her waifish figure, high-profile relationships, party lifestyle and advertising campaigns. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers.
Moss was born in Addiscombe, London Borough of Croydon, England. She attended Ridgeway Primary School, then Riddlesdown High School but she was not noted for her academic success though she did excel at sports. According to Vermorel's book Addicted to Love: Kate Moss she earned one C (in Science) and Ds, Es, and Us in all others at GCSE level.
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. Moss's career began when Corinne Day shot black and white photographs of her for British magazine The Face when she was 15, in a photo shoot titled "The Third Summer of Love". Moss then went on to become the anti-supermodel of the 1990s in contrast to the supermodels at the time, such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, who were known for their curvaceous and tall figures.
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 being unusually short for a runway model, and has worked for many elite fashion lines. Now in her 30s, Moss is still working and has become a supermodel in her own right.
In addition to being known for her modeling work, Kate Moss is also an international fashion icon. She has garnered many awards for her style including Award of Fashion Influence at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 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. Her style mostly draws inspiration from rock and roll. Due to her reputation, she is credited for setting numerous trends. In recent years she has popularised denim cutoff shorts, Ugg boots, skinny jeans especially of the brands Sass & Bide and Siwy, the waistcoat, and the Balenciaga handbag, as well as bringing waist-cinching belts back into popularity.
Moss has had campaigns with major Italian, French, American, and British designers including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Missoni, Dior, Longchamp, David Yurman, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Burberry, Rimmel, and Bvlgari. 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.
April 2005 saw the launch of the Rimmel London mascara ad featuring a leather-clad Kate Moss riding a motorbike through London.
As of April 2006, camera company Nikon have also signed her to be the face of their new Coolpix S6 digital camera; the photoshoot features Moss posing in a state of undress, with nothing but the camera.
Twelve months after her cocaine scandal Moss made a comeback by bagging 18 top modeling contracts for the Autumn/Winter 2006 season which 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 and Burberry. Moss has also agreed to make her first foray into the design world by designing a collection, in collaboration with Katy England, for Topshop, while it has also been announced that Moss will launch a fragrance bearing her name in association with Coty in 2007.
According to Forbes.com Moss is making more money than ever. Her 2004-2005 earnings were $5 million and her 2005-2006 earnings were $8 million. She is currently the second highest paid model in the world behind Gisele Bundchen.
In November of 2006, Moss won the Model of the Year prize, the top accolade in British fashion, but the award has divided opinion and stirred fresh controversy.