- Nationality: German
- Birth Date: June 1, 1973
- Lives Now: Los Angeles, CA
- Children: Helene “Leni” Klum (Born 5/4/04), Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (Born 9/12/05), Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel (Born 11/22/06)
- Married: Seal (Since 5/10/05, musician)
- Interests: Shopping at flea markets, Skiing, Cooking
Her career as a top fashion model and swimsuit star began almost by accident when, on a lark, she submitted photos to a model competition hosted by Petra, a young woman’s magazine. Heidi Klum won the competition, and signed with Metropolitan, the German modeling agency. After modeling in Europe for a few years to great success, Heidi Klum went to the United States to pursue modeling there, and met with more success, culminating in her relationship with Victoria’s Secret. This brought her to the pinnacle of modeling and, in 1998, the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue, cementing her status as one of the world’s top models. Along with that came lucrative marketing opportunities, including her own signature lines of sandals, jewelry, and perfume.
Like many other models, most notably Famke Janssen, Heidi Klum then sought to parlay her fame into a career in Hollywood. She has appeared frequently on TV in the US and in Germany, and has had several small parts in movies, including a cameo playing Swiss bombshell Ursula Andress in the Peter Sellers biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Heidi Klum is married to British singer Seal and, as of June 2005, was expecting a child with him — she has a daughter, Leni, with a boyfriend from a previous relationship.
- Nationality: British
- Birth Date: January 16, 1974
- Dated: Jamie Hince, Pete Doherty, Jamie Burke, Jefferson Hack, Johnny Depp
- Children: Lila Grace (Born 9/29/02)
- Interests: Going to concerts, Singing, D.J.-ing
- official: Kate Moss Topshop
- Born Katherine Moss, she grew up in the London Borough of Croyden and attended school close to home, first Ridgeway Primary School and then Riddlesdowne High School.
In 1988, at age 14, Kate Moss went on a family holiday to the Bahamas. Whilst waiting for her return flight to the UK at JFK Airport, New York City, she was discovered by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Agency. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kate Moss joined Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Linda Evangelista, in becoming the Supermodels of the 1990s. It was however, in somewhat of an antithesis to the other’s glowing healthy looks and towering frames, that Kate Moss spawned a resurgence of the ‘waif look’, a la Twiggy in the 1960s. Like Twiggy, Kate Moss is skinny and is also much shorter than the other supermodels.
It all began with Kate Moss first cover shoot for British magazine “The Face” in 1997, which evoked much public conjecture over her skinniness. Further controversy followed Kate Moss as she posed scantily clad for Calvin Klein underwear adverts, and then posed nude for an advert for Calvin Klein perfume, ‘Obsession’. Kate Moss was criticised for giving further endorsement to the controversial 1990s ‘heroin chic’ look, which many people thought dangerous and unnecessary to glamorise in the world of fashion, already notorious for its drug culture.
Over the years, Kate Moss has worked with a number of artists and sculptors. In 2002, she teamed up with German-born British painter, Lucien Freud for a full frontal nude portrait of her whilst she was pregnant, which represented her version of the Madonna. The portrait was sold by Christie’s of London, in February 2005 for ?3.9 million. Then in 2006, controversial British sculptor Marc Quinn unveiled ‘Sphinx’, a sculpture of Moss in a yoga pose, meant to represent “a mirror of ourselves, a knotted Venus of our age”.
Usually making headlines for her convoluted personal life rather than her career, Moss always seems to go for the ‘bad boys’. Kate Moss has been romantically linked to the likes of many a celebrity rogue, often men with current or previous drug problems. Kate Moss had a stormy relationship from 1994 to 1998 with actor Johnny Depp. Soon after splitting with Kate Moss, Depp met and married French singer/actress, Vanessa Paradis. Moss checked herself into London’s Priory clinic in 1998, claiming to be suffering from exhaustion, rather than substance abuse. Sources claim she was in fact extremely depressed following her split with Depp. Four years later, Kate Moss had a daughter, Lila Grace, born 29 September 2002, with Jefferson Hack, publisher and founding editor of Dazed & Confused magazine.
In 2005, Kate Moss had a tempestuous on/off relationship with Pete Doherty, lead singer and songwriter of Babyshambles, self-confessed heroin addict and general troublemaker. Following their split, she was seen kissing and cuddling a ‘toy boy’ on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado, in December 2005. It turned out to be Jamie Burke, 11 years her junior, the son of wealthy property developer and friend of Richard Branson’s, Patrick Burke.
Kate Moss has been a spokesperson throughout her professional career, and has worked with major British, French, New York and Italian designers, including Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Chanel, Versace, Dolce & Gabanna, Narciso Rodriguez, Sephora.com, Missoni, Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Cerruti 1881, Burberry and Rimmel.
Kate Moss has featured in fashion spreads in most major international fashion magazines, including Vogue (UK, French and US), The Face, Vanity Fair, W and Another Man, and she has graced the covers of these issues many times over. Kate Moss has also worked with the fashion industry’s top photographers, including Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Juergen Teller and Mario Sorrenti.
Scandal struck on 15 September 2005, when London’s Daily Mirror ran the story with the headline “Cocaine Kate” and photographs of Kate Moss at a Babyshambles studio recording, allegedly cutting cocaine. Doherty claimed that it was his former manager, James Mullord, who sold the photographs to the newspaper for over ?150 000.
A number of sponsors and international companies were not amused and immediately dropped Moss from their campaigns. One of these was Swedish fashion retailer H&M, which had planned to use Kate Moss for their Autumn clothing range, designed by Moss’ friend Stella McCartney. Chanel stated it would not be renewing Kate Moss’ contract, due to expire in October 2005, but insisted it had nothing to do with the drug scandal. Keira Knightley became the new face of the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance. Burberry and H Stern followed suit, dropping their contracts with Moss.
Camera giant, Nikon signed Kate Moss as the face of their new Coolpix S6 digital camera in April 2006. In the advert, she has little else on other than the camera. In May 2006 she was named #24 in Maxim magazine’s annual ‘Hot 100’ issue. Due for release on British television on Christmas Eve 2006, is the brand new Moss/Virgin Mobile advert campaign. There are rumours that, wanting to set the record straight once and for all, she has decided to write and publish her autobiography. It is believed that she has already signed a $1.8 million deal with Sir Richard Branson for rights to the autobiography.
In a career that has spanned more than a decade, Moss, now in her 30s, is still modelling, is a sought after guest at celebrity functions and is still considered youthful and beautiful. Her current contracts include Virgin Mobile, Rimmel, Dior, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Longchamp, David Yurman, Bvlgari and Nikon. There is even talk that both Chanel and Burberry will soon welcome her back.
Kate Moss has a consummate ease with herself, and the clothes she wears and her style is regularly imitated, often sparking off fashion trends. There has been talk that Kate Moss may soon go into designing clothes for her own label, which is sure to be a huge success. Kate Moss is an amazing mix of rock chick, doting mother and fashion icon, and at a mere 32 years-of-age, is truly a legend in her own time.