Kate Moss: the beginnings

Katherine Ann Moss , better known as Kate, was born on January 16, 1974 in Croydon, a suburban city in the London suburbs.

Kate’s family origins are very humble: in fact her mother Linda is a bartender while her father Peter is a travel agent.

Sarah Doukas, founder of the Storm  fashion agency , discovers Kate at just 14 in a New York airport and is immediately struck by her personality. In fact, Kate is not part of the beauty standards of that period, represented by models of the caliber of Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson . She compared to the others she and she shorter and excessively thin. Precisely for these reasons at the beginning it was very difficult for Sarah Doukas to get Kate a contract.

In 1990, Kate received an offer to do a photo shoot on the beach for The Face magazine . The photos taken during the service were immediately a huge success.

Subsequently, the designer Calvin Klein decides to involve Kate Moss in a very transgressive advertising campaign alongside Mark Wahlberg. Thanks also to this campaign, the success of the English model increases even more.

Numerous other hits by Kate Moss

Kate Moss after the first appearances, begins to parade on the most prestigious catwalks of the fashion capitals, such as New York, Paris and Milan. She appears on the cover of Harper’s BazaarVogueAllureElle .

Peter Lindbergh , famous photographer, mentions her in his book “10 Women”, which consists of a black and white volume dedicated to the women of the moment.

In 1995 Kate appeared half-naked during the advertising campaign for Calvin Klein’s Obsession perfume. However, this advertisement arouses a lot of controversy: in fact, the American Justice Department, on the orders of Bill Clinton, starts an investigation that causes the withdrawal of the campaign after 3 weeks.

The British top model is one of the few to have paraded over the years with all the most prestigious brands, such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Missoni, Longchamp, David Yurman, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Rimmel, and Bulgari. She has also appeared on the covers of Another ManVanity FairThe Face , W  and  Vogue.

In July 2007, thanks to her annual earnings of nine million dollars, Forbes magazine named Kate Moss the second most successful model worldwide, a position that was also confirmed in the following two years.

In 2012 he took part in the Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. In those years it was also requested in the music field for the creation of video clips, such as that of George Michael ‘s White Lights .

In 2013 she was named by Forbes as the fourth highest paid model in the world, earning 5.7 million dollars. The following year, with an earnings of around $ 7 million, she once again ranks fourth.

For her birthday in 2014 (she turned 40), she decides to appear on Play Boy as a bunny, then inaugurating a photographic exhibition entitled “Kate Moss: 40, a retrospective”.

In 2015 she was chosen alongside Lara Stone, for Balenciaga’s fall / winter advertising campaign.

Over the years Kate Moss slowly moved away from the catwalks to become a fashion designer and then began this new career in 2007, at the height of her popularity.

The career as a stylist

As mentioned, Kate Moss begins to take her first steps as a stylist at the height of her popularity (in 2007, when she is one of the highest paid supermodels in the world). In fact, in May of that year, Kate Moss designed a clothing line for the “Topshop” chain of stores. For the launch of her collection, Kate Moss decides to show herself as a human mannequin in the window of the Oxford shop.

This episode generates a resounding resonance in the audience. The Topshop brand is said to have paid around three million to Moss to design the collection, which consists of clothing, bags and other fashion accessories. Subsequently, again in 2007, Kate also designs an underwear line for the same brand. 

The brief decline of Kate Moss

Unfortunately, Kate Moss has suffered numerous professional setbacks over the course of her career. For example, on September 15, 2005, the British magazine Daily Mirror published some photos of Kate Moss, together with her boyfriend Pete Doherty, in the act of consuming cocaine.

After this scandal, most of Kate Moss’ contracts are canceled: the first and Stella McCartney’s for 4 million a year. Chanel and Burberry also cancel Kate’s contracts.

Kate Moss, at this point, publicly apologizes during a press conference, admitting her mistake, putting an end to her relationship with the man and then being finally exonerated.

From that moment on it returns in vogue: in fact, Moss maintains 18 contracts that 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.

According to Forbes magazine, the British supermodel’s earnings tripled after the scandal.

The turbulent love life of Kate Moss

Kate Moss has always lived an eventful life, even on the love front. She was in fact Johnny Depp’s girlfriend for about 4 years. Subsequently she, after ending the relationship with the actor, she had a daughter, Lila Grace, born in 2002 from her relationship with Jefferson Hack.

Kate Moss was then engaged to singer Pete Doherty, who in those years declares he wants to marry her but the relationship ends in a short time.

On March 26, 2008, Kate Moss gets engaged to Jamie Hince, who proposes to marry him, proposing her with a vintage ring from the 1920s. In 2011 Kate Moss and Jamie Hince were married at a church in Gloucestershire, which is located in England. The two decide to divorce in 2016, while she is already engaged to the photographer Count Nikolai von Bismarck.

Also in his life he has entertained numerous relationships , among which we remember those with the actor Mark Wahlberg, with the singer Evan Dando, Robert Del Naja, Lenny Kravitz, the actor Billy Zane, Daniel Craig, Jonny Lee Miller, Jamie Dornan, Rhys Ifans and Russell Brand.