Kate Moss is a model who cannot be categorised, who exists in a world that is hard to imagine without her. At 42, she defies the typical longevity of a model’s career, showing no signs of slowing down.
Discovered at the age of just 14 in 1988 at JFK Airport by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Management, the model rose to fame in the early 90s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. The controversial trend put emphasis on an emaciated look, with sunken shadowed eyes and angular limbs, contrasting with the previously healthy and vibrant look of fashion models like Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.
Naturally, her involvement in such a scene and famously waif like figure, led her to become involved in the contentious world of size zero models, and her party lifestyle and regular drug use led her to become victim to high levels of media scrutiny, resulting in her being dropped from a number of fashion campaigns.
As well as wininng accolades for her modelling, such as an award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards, acknowledging her contribution to the industry over 25 years, she has also started her own clothing range and been involved in a number of musical projects, not least her collaborative shows with DJ Fat Tony, for which you can book Kate Moss and Fat Tony through MN2S Booking Agency in London.
She was named in TIME’s 2007 list of the world’s 100 most influential people and in 2012 placed 2nd on Forbes’ list of top-earning models with estimated earnings coming to $9.2 million a year, and she has also inspired an 18 carat gold sculpture of her, exhibited in the British Museum in 2008.
Moss’s iconic status and arresting good looks mean many have fallen under her spell in the past, including designers John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Gianni Versace, and Dame Vivienne Westwood; photographers Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and François-Marie Banier; and artists Marc Quinn, Banksy, and Lucian Freud.
She has recently left the agency which discovered her, Sarah Doukas’ Storm Models, and 28 years after being scouted with by the organisation, has started her own agency managing her own bookings.
Storm reports the split is amicable, while the model’s 18 year old half-sister is still listed on the agency’s website. The young model, Lottie Moss, following in her sister’s footsteps was scouted when she appeared as a bridesmaid at Kate’s wedding to Jamie Hince at the age of just 13, being snapped up by the agency when she turned 16.
Doukas has spoken in the past about how she made sure to take care of the young model in her early years, keen to not take her out of school and work only ion the holidays, although Kate eventually left school with limited interest in it, meaning she could then start modelling full time. Doukas reports telling Moss: “’I’m going to make you a star.’ I didn’t know I was going to make her a superstar.”
Rarely granting interviews, Moss continues to work hard after 25 years in the business, with no self-fulfilling diversions or timeouts, and at 42 years of age, still can earn up to $400,000 for a day’s shoot.
Speaking of her humble beginnings, Moss has told of conflict with her mother about her fledgling model career and how her love of clothes translated into dressing up her brother in women’s clothes throughout his childhood, naming him Sylvia in his feminine outfits.
Reflecting on growing up in rough Croydon, Moss says, “My brother still lives near there, and he doesn’t really go to pubs there, it’s so rough. But it was quite fun growing up there, because it is so rough. There’s street stuff going on. Everyone used to hang out in parks and have fights and go to the cinema and have fights. Bit of a fight culture in Croydon.” As to whether this contributed a desire to escape, Moss explains: “I don’t mind a fight,” says Moss. “What I wanted to get out of was the whole thing of, this is it. This is what life is. I never had that feeling of, that’s your lot.”
It was during one of her excursions to the US with her father, who worked for Pan Am, that she came to be spotted at JFK airport, and went to her first modelling shoot at just 15 years old, with John Galliano in London in 1989.
An icon in the fashion world, Moss has turned her hand to many exploits in the music industry, and her partnership with acclaimed DJ Fat Tony is a glamourous spectacle to make a high class event sparkle: the pair can be booked through MN2S Booking Agency in London.