Katherine Ann Moss a-k-a Kate Moss is an English supermodel and businesswoman. Moss rose to fame in the mid-1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. She is well known for her waifish figure and size zero fashion.
She has won numerous awards for modeling. She was considered a fashion icon primarily due to her collaborations with Calvin Klein. In 2013, British Fashion Awards acknowledged and awarded her for her contribution to the fashion industry for over 25 years.
As a businesswoman, she has had her apparel line besides being doing musical projects. Moss also works as a contributing fashion editor at British Vogue. She was among the world’s 100 most influential people by “Time” in 2007. Her statute worth £1.5m ($2.8m) 18-carat gold was sculpted in 2008 for a British Museum exhibition.
She received media scrutiny and public backlash for her party lifestyle and drug addiction. In 2005, the drug allegations caused her to lose fashion campaigns. Later on, she was cleared of drug charges and thus resumed modeling.
In 2012, she was placed second on the Forbes top-earning models list, with an estimated net worth of $9.2 million in one year.
On January 16, 1974, Moss was born in Croydon, Greater London, to Peter Edward Moss (an airline employee) and Linda Rosina Moss (a barmaid). She was raised in the Addiscombe and Sanderstead areas of the borough.
She is the oldest in the family with a younger brother, Nick, and a half-sister, Lottie (Charlotte). Moss’s parents divorced when she was just 13. She studied at Ridgeway Primary School and Riddlesdown High School (now Riddlesdown Collegiate) in Purley.
Moss started her modeling show in 1988 at age 14 by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Management. Moss became the “anti-supermodel” of the 1990s compared to the models of the moment who were curvaceous and tall figures.
In 1996 when Moss featured in the fashion look heroin chic, speculations began over her weight. Even then-US President Bill Clinton spoke up against such a trend. Moss called it just a swing from more buxom girls like Cindy Crawford.
On September 20, 2005, Swedish fashion retailer H&M dropped her because of drug allegations. The contract was canceled, which was reportedly worth £4 million a year. Chanel decided not to review its contract with Moss. Burberry, too, dropped the campaign with Moss. Moss did not admit to drug use.
At this rough time, Moss was supported by the brand Dior and W Magazine. Designer Alexander McQueen and artist Stella Vine defended her too. On January 5 5, 2006, the London Metropolitan Police investigated Moss about the September 2005 cocaine scandal. On June 16, 2006, British police cleared her of the drug charges due to lack of evidence.
Ad Campaigns and Inaugural Covers
Moss has appeared in ad campaigns with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balmain, Versace, Balenciaga, Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, Versace, rag & bone, Alexander Wang, David Yurman, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Kerastase, Isabel Marant, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Equipment, Rimmel, and Bulgari.
She has graced the cover, and fashion spreads for many magazines, including the UK, US, French, and other international editions of Vogue, Another Man, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, the Face, and W. Moss on the cover of British Vogue 30 times. She also shot the inaugural covers for Russian Vogue and Japanese Vogue, besides dozens of other international Vogue covers.
Moss graced the cover of 17 issues of W. Moss also appeared on the inaugural covers of Numéro, Numéro Tokyo, and Spanish L’Officiel. She worked for the most famous photographers such as Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Juergen Teller, Steven Meisel, and Peter Lindbergh.
After a year of her drug scandal, Moss succeeded in securing 18 contracts for autumn-winter 2006, including Rimmel, Agent Provocateur, Virgin Mobile, Calvin Klein, and Burberry. Moss designed a collection, launched a fragrance and body lotion range bearing her name.
The British Fashion Awards acknowledged her contributions by giving her the “model of the year” award. Moss has four perfume lines; “Kate Moss,” Vintage Muse, Lila Belle, and Love Blossoms.
Moss appeared in several Oasis singles such as “Don’t Go Away” (1998), “Fade Away” (1994), and on the Be Here Now album (1997). She also appeared in other music videos such as “Kowalski.”She has also provided vocals for some songs and co-wrote four songs.
Kate: The Kate Moss Book
In 2012, Moss wrote a book titled “Kate: The Kate Moss Book,” in collaboration with creative director Jefferson Hack, Fabien Baron, and Jess Hallett and released by Rizzoli Publications. The book gives its readers a retrospective of Moss’s career, covering her journey from being a newbie with potential” to one of the most iconic supermodels of all time.
Moss supported War Child, Cancer Research UK, Sam and Ruby charity, Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Hoping Foundation, the Lucie Blackman Trust, Make Poverty History, Comic Relief, and Homes of Hope.
Moss is the mother of a daughter, Lila Grace Moss-Hack, born in 2002, with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack. She dated Hack for some years in the early 2000s. She is the godmother of Iris Law (daughter of Sadie Frost and Jude Law).
At the age of 31, Moss started dating Libertines member Pete Doherty in January 2005. Doherty called Moss, his fiancée, during one of his concerts in London in April 2007. They split in July 2007.
Moss got married to Jamie Hince, guitarist of The Kills, on July 1, 2011, at St Peter’s Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire. This fairy tale marriage came to an end in 2015. They settled their divorce out of court in 2016.
Since then, she is in a relationship with a German aristocrat and photographer, Count Nikolai von Bismarck.
Kate Moss is tall with a height of 5′ 7″ (1.70 m, 170 cm).
Kate Moss has naturally blonde hair.
Her eye color is hazel.
Kate Moss Net Worth
Moss earned $5 million in 2004–2005, $8 million in 2005–2006, and $9 million in 2007. She was estimated to be worth £45 million in 2007, ranked as the 99th richest woman in Britain. According to the 2009 Rich List, she was the 1,348th richest person in the UK, with a net worth of £40 million.
As of 2021, Moss’s net worth is estimated to be around $70 million.
Moss was the first Face and body of the size-zero. She withered the “heroin chic” look in the nineties. Her entry and rise in the fashion world began the era of super-skinny supermodels. Moss faced a lot of criticism for her infamous mantra “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and drug scandal.
But whether she is a positive role model for young women worldwide or not, Moss will undoubtedly stick to fashion and photographs, with an estimated net worth of $70 million.