Kate Moss (born 16 January 1974) is an English model. Moss rose to fame in the early-1990s as part of the Heroin chic fashion trend, she is known for her waifish figure, and her role in size zero fashion. She is also famous for her controversial private life, high profile relationships, party lifestyle, and drug use. In 2012, she came in second on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $9. million in one year. Aside from modeling, Moss has embarked on numerous ventures, both fashion related and non-fashion related which include her own clothing line and involvement in musical projects.
Moss was discovered in 1988 at the age of 14 by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City after a holiday in the Bahamas. Moss's career began when Corinne Day shot black-and-white photographs of her, styled by Melanie Ward, for British magazine The Face when she was 16, in a photo shoot titled "The 3rd Summer of Love". Day discovered Kate Moss when she was a young and unknown model and described the pictures that she took of Moss as ‘dirty realism’ or ‘grunge’. Moss then went on to become the "anti-supermodel" of the 1990s in contrast to the "supermodels" of the moment, such as Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, who were known for their curvaceous and tall figures.
Moss was voted 9th in Maxim's "50 Sexiest Women of 1999" and 22nd in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women of 1995". Men's magazine Arena named her as their Sexiest Woman in their 150th issue. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern Muses". In March 2007, Moss won the Sexiest Woman NME Award. She made her first appearance in the British women's Sunday Times Rich List in 2007, where she was estimated to be worth £45 million. She ranked as the 99th richest woman in Britain. In the 2009 Rich List, she was ranked as the 1,348th richest person in the UK, with a net worth of £40 million.
In July 2007, when she had earned an estimated total of $9 million in the preceding 12 months, Forbes magazine named her second on the list of the World's 15 top-earning models list.
In 2012 she was included on MODELS.com's 'The Supers' list. Moss is represented by number one international modeling agency IMG Models.
Moss with Mario Testino in 2007
In February 2013 Moss appeared in a intimate cover photo shoot with Rihanna for V Magazine. The shoot involved both Moss and and Rihanna posing near naked while the other sat on their lap in lingerie as they seductively cuddled together.