Carmen Kass

Carmen Kass

Infobox Model
name = Carmen Kass

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caption = Carmen Kass, July, 2007.
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birthdate = birth_date_and_age|1978|9|14
location = Paide, Estonia
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height = height|ft=5|in=10
haircolor = Light Brown
eyecolor = Green
measurements = 86-61-86
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agency = Women Model Management New York
Baltic Models
Brave Model Management Milan
Silent Models Paris
International Creative Management London
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Carmen Kass (born September 14, 1978 in Paide, Estonia) is international supermodel [cite book |title=Europe on a Shoestring |last=Johnstone |first=Sarah |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=2007 |publisher=Lonely Planet |location=p.325 |isbn=9781741045918 |pages= |url= ] [cite book |title=Campaigning in Europe |last=Maier |first=Michaela |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=2006 |publisher=LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster |location= |isbn=9783825893224 |pages=p.398 |url= ]

Modeling career

Kass grew up in the Estonian city of Paide. When she was a little girl, she lived in a cramped apartment in Sika village with her mother, who worked on a farm. At the age of fourteen, she was 'discovered' in a Tallinn supermarket by an Italian modeling scout. Kass had wanted to compete for the Miss Estonia title, but an offer to fly to Milan, Italy, to start a modeling career seemed like a more glamorous and lucrative option.

Kass officially moved to Paris at the age of 18. Soon after, she received exposure on the cover of magazines worldwide, such as "Vogue" (France) in 1997, "ELLE" (Australia), "Image" (UK), "Madame Figaro", "Numéro France", "Vogue" (France), and "Vogue" (US) in 1999.

In 1999, Kass modeled for top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Fendi, Chanel, Chloé, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy. She also appeared in Victoria's Secret shows.

In addition, Kass has posed in numerous advertisements for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Fendi, Michael Kors, Versace, and also for General Motors. She is also recognized for her appearances in a The Gap denim advertising campaign. Kass was a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics, Sephora, one of the world's leading cosmetics retailers, and the Christian Dior perfume, "J'adore".

Kass was awarded by "Vogue" as "Model of the Year" at the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.

As of 2006, she has appeared in campaigns for Dsquared, Pedro del Hierro, Michael Kors and Chloé with Malgosia Bela.In 2007, Kass has got ten campaigns only for the spring/summer collection, including Versace, Michael Kors, Pucci, Jones New York, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gap, Peek & Cloppenburg, Bedat & Co, Time and Et Vous?.

She has now signed to be Max Factor newest spokesperson.

Kass is well-known for her distinctive runway walk. A quirk of the Estonian supermodel is that while she is very tall, her feet are quite small (about an American size seven). It is said that she sometimes simply falls out of her shoes while walking.Fact|date=July 2007

Other endeavors

In 2004, [ Kass starred] in the Estonian murder-mystery film [ "Täna öösel me ei maga"] ("We Won't Sleep Tonight"). The international release was retitled [ "Set Point"] .

Also, in February 2004, she joined Estonia's ruling Res Publica Party. Kass ran for the European Parliament after her homeland joined the European Union in May 2004. She won about 2000 votes from the Estonian electorate, but was not elected to the European Parliament.

Kass plays chess [] and was elected president of the Estonian National Chess League in 2004. She ran a campaign to obtain the right to organize the 2008 Chess Olympics in Tallinn; however, that right was given to Dresden, Germany. []

She is part owner of her mother agency, Baltic Models.

Personal life

Kass, her sister and brother were raised only by their mother Koidu Põder. Her older sister Victoria De Luna (b. August 15, 1976) was married to singer Joel De Luna and they have son Antonio Sebastian (b. 1997) and daughter Sinencia Jasmine (b.1999). [ [ Joel De Luna saab jälle isaks?] SL Õhtuleht - February 19, 2008] The couple separated in 2004 after they both were charged with drug trafficking. Joel served three years in an Estonian prison and was released in 2006 while Victoria was on parole for three years. [ [ Joel De Luna pääses vanglast välja] Tartu Postimees - December 1, 2006] Carmen's older brother Kutty Kass (b. 1974) is involved in real estate [ [ Kassi-pere varjatud äri] Eesti Ekspress - April 29, 2004] and has son Carl Christian (b. December 26, 2007) with girlfriend Sigrid. [ [ Carmen Kass sai kolmandat korda tädiks] SL Õhtuleht - February 5, 2008]

Kass attended Lee Strasberg Studios in New York, where she was classmate with Kai Wong.

Kass has dated Leonardo DiCaprio and restaurant owner Richie Akiva. [ [ Carmen & Ricky] Eesti Ekspress - September 9, 2004] She is currently involved with Eric Lobron, a German chess champion. [ [ Kassi aasta 2004] Eesti Ekspress - December 23, 2004]


External links

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*fashionmodel|id=Carmen_Kass|name=Carmen Kass
* [ Carmen Kass] at largest fan site since 2002

NAME=Kass, Carmen
DATE OF BIRTH=September 14, 1978
PLACE OF BIRTH=Paide, Estonia

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