International supermodel Kate Moss has been seen in numerous commercials and
fashion shows, but for many she is “the Heroin Chic” of Calvin Klein, thanks to
her controversial waif look that appears in most of the Calvin Klein ads. In
addition, Moss has been the cover model of magazines Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s
Bazaar, as well as the spokesmodel of many prestigious brands including Cerruti
1881, Banana Republic, Versace, and Yves Saint-Laurent. Her triumphant modeling
career has been further established by earning such awards as a Fashion
Personality of the Year award (1995), a 1996 VH1 Fashion Model of the Year, and
a Vogue/CFDA award from Fashion Designers of America (2005).
Yet, her solid career was threatened by her addiction to drugs and alcohol.
After checking herself in at Priory Clinic (London) in 1998 for exhaustion, Moss
later admitted to drinking during fashion shows. Following her lawsuit in July
2005 against The Sunday Mirror for its claim of her cocaine-induced coma, the
vegan model admitted to her cocaine addiction after the September 2005 issue of
British newspaper The Daily Mirror displayed her picture while sniffing cocaine
at Pete Doherty’s recording studio. Losing contracts with fashion labels, Moss
apologized and declared her willingness to undergo rehab at The Meadows Clinic
in Arizona. With support from several companies and friends including artist
Stella Vine who exhibited a painting of Moss among her “The Beautiful and the
Damned” collection, Moss completed the drug treatment in October 2005.
“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. 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.” Kate Moss
As for her romantic life, Moss was once engaged to actor Johnny Depp and briefly
dated actor Billy Zane. She also formed a special bond with Jefferson Hack, with
whom she shares a daughter. Moss also had an on-off relationship with Pete
Doherty. Reportedly, Moss is now romantically involved with Vivi Nevo, the
co-owner of the American entertainment firm Time Warner.
Childhood and Family:
On January 16, 1974, Kate Moss was born Katherine Moss in Addiscomb, Croydon,
Surrey, in England. Kate, whose brother Nick is also a model, began her journey
in the modeling world when she met Sarah Doukas from the British model agency
Storm at the age of 14. Her parents divorced which she was fifteen.
On September 29, 2002, Kate gave birth to her daughter, Lila Grace, at the St.
John and Elizabeth Hospital in west London. The father of her daughter is
Jefferson Hack, a publisher of the British magazine Dazed & Confused.
Calvin Klein Girl
“It’s a sin to be tired.” Kate Moss
After signing up with Storm Model Agency, Kate Moss had her first major photo
shoot posing topless for the cover of British magazine The Face. She then
appeared on the covers of such British magazines as Elle, The Face and Arena,
and American magazines like Allure and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as the American,
British, Australian, Italian, and Brazilian editions of Vogue.
In the early 90s, thanks to her waif look and tiny, skinny body, Moss attracted
the attention of Calvin Klein, which brought her name to the world after
displaying her image in most of its product commercials, including the
fragrances Obsession, CK Be and CK One. For her frequent appearances for the
elite house, Moss was called “The Face of Calvin Klein.” Her unhealthy, anorexic
look, on the other hand, raised controversy and claims that she was triggering
anorexia among teenagers. Her frail figure, which was also called “heroin chic,”
never stopped Moss from moving on. She modeled for other products, such as
Burberry, L’Oreal, Yves Saint Laurent, Cerutti 1881, Dolce and Gabbana, De Beers
Simple Diamonds and Versace. In 1997, Moss selected a number of her photos
representing her career steps and published her picture book titled Kate: The
Kate Moss Story.
Moss was also seen on catwalks for top designers like Versace, Chanel, and
Calvin Klein. She had campaigns with major European designers also, including
Dior, Burberry, Rimmel, H & M, and Bulgari. The best dressed woman according to
the 2005 Vogue list and Grazia and Glamour magazines, Moss has also been the
spokesmodel for Narciso Rodriguez, Cerruti 1881, Banana Republic, Versace, Yves
Saint-Laurent, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Celine, and Vero Moda. Her contracts with H
& M, Burberry and Chanel, however, were not renewed due to her cocaine scandal.
Moss has also been cast in music videos, including Johnny Cash’s “Delia’s Gone,”
Primal Scream’s “Kowalski,” The White Stripes’ “I Just Don’t Know What to Do
with Myself” and Elton John’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”
From cameras and catwalks, Moss shifted to the small and big screen. She made
her acting debut in Ellen Von Unwerth’s made-for-TV comedy Inferno (1992),
alongside models Tyra Banks, Helena Christensen and Eva Herzigova. Moss also
made guest appearances as herself in the documentary films Unzipped (1995),
Catwalk (1996), and Beautopia (1998). The model had her first wide screen acting
experience in Paul Weiland’s comedy Blackadder Back & Forth (1999), where she
took the supporting role of Maid Marian/Queen Marian. She then returned to the
small screen by appearing in an episode of “The Howard Stern Radio Show,” and
was seen in such documentary films and series as Astley’s Way (2001), “Imagine”
(2003), Terry & Liz (2004) and “Corazón de...” (2005).
- Fashion Designers of America: Vogue/CFDA award, 2005
- VH1 Fashion: Model of the Year, 1996
- Fashion Personality of the Year, 1995