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With her incredibly thin, boyish body, model Kate Moss created quite a stir in the modeling world, launching what became known as the waif look.
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Kate Moss was born January 16, 1974 in London, England. She appeared in her first cover shot a year after she was discovered at age 14. Featured in Calvin Klein's Obsession ad campaign in 1993, she became even more famous and sought-after. During her career, she has appeared on the cover of more than 300 magazines. She also starred in advertising campaigns for many of the top fashion houses.
Model. Born on January 16, 1974, in London, England. With her
incredibly thin, boyish body, Moss created quite a stir in the modeling world, launching
what became known as the waif look. She started working young after being discovered at
the age of 14 at JFK airport in New York. Moss appeared on the cover of a British
magazine the next year - her first cover shot and an important career milestone for any
Featured in designer Calvin Klein's scent Obsession advertising campaign in 1993, Moss became even more famous and sought-after as a model. The advertisements featured her partially nude body, putting her slight figure on display. Some found her young, childlike image beautiful while others thought she was too skinny and might be suffering from an eating disorder. Despite any negative comments, Moss continued to thrive professionally.
During her career, she has appeared on the cover of more than 300 magazines. Moss also starred in advertising campaigns for many of the top fashion houses, including Chanel and Christian Dior. She received a Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in June 2005.
Besides being one of the world's leading models, Moss has also become famous for her tumultuous personal life. She has admitted that she began drinking and smoking marijuana at the age of twelve. She continued with her partying lifestyle as her career took off. Moss did a stint in a London clinic to fight her addiction to alcohol in 1998.
Moss became headline news around the world when photographs of what looked like her doing drugs were published in a British newspaper in September 2005. She was reportedly caught snorting cocaine with her boyfriend Pete Doherty. The lead singer of the band Babyshambles, Doherty has been arrested several times on drug-related charges. Because of the scandal that followed, she lost many of her lucrative modeling contracts with such companies as the clothing retailer H&M.
Moss bounced back quickly. The British police decided not to charge Moss with any crimes, and she later went to the Meadows Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, for treatment. By the next year, she had a slew of new modeling contracts with companies, such as Calvin Klein and Burberry, which had dropped her at the time of the drug scandal. Also in 2006, Moss reached a deal with clothing retailer Topshop to design her own collection of clothing.
In addition to her clothing line, Moss began selling her own brand of perfume called Kate in 2007. She added a second scent, Velvet Hour, the following year.
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