“I have a figure, and there aren’t many girls out there right now who have
that.” Carmen Kass
Hailed from the small Estonian town, Carmen Kass has made a reputation as one of
the world’s top fashion models with countless high-profile gigs under her belt.
Coming to prominence as a model featured on L’Officiel and Vogue (France),
Carmen gained even more recognitions for her appearances in the Gap commercials
and the Victoria’s Secret catalogues, as well as being the model of the
Christian Dior perfume “J’adore.” She also has worked with such renowned
designers as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Christian Dior, among others.
The VH1/Vogue Model of the Year for 2000 joined Estonia’s ruling Res Publica
party in early 2004. She then ran for the European Parliament after her native
land joined the European Union in May 2004. Although she was not voted to the
European Parliament, Carmen acquired about 2000 votes from the Estonian
electorate. Also in 2004, she was elected president of the Estonian National
Chess League and managed a campaign to get the right to organize the 2008 Chess
Olympics in Tallinn. Unfortunately, the right was given to Dresden, Germany.
Romantically, the Estonian beauty is known for her affair with actor Leonardo
DiCaprio. She has also been linked to marketing/public relation-boyfriend Richie
Childhood and Family:
In Tallinn, Estonia, Carmen Kass was born on September 14, 1978. She was raised
in Paide, a village outside Tallinn, Estonia, by her single mother who was a
waitress, and attended the Estonian Business School. When not working, Carmen
keeps herself busy by practicing such sports as horseback riding and chess.
Tallinn-born, Paide-raised Carmen Kass began her modeling career at age 14 by
joining a regional agency named “Baltic Models.” Entering beauty pageant
circuits, the blue-eyed brunette took home the title of Miss Pride and soon
sheltered her royal position as the Miss Jrvamma. Carmen’s first modeling break
came when an Italian modeling scout invited her to model in Milan after seeing
the gorgeous girl in a local supermarket. Finding a way to go by faking her
mother’s signature (her mom refused to sign the documents that would allow her
to fly to Milan), Carmen spent the next three months in the fashion city to
establish modeling career.
At age 18, Carmen decided to move to Paris to more professionally model. A year
later, she received international recognitions as the cover girl of such major
publications as L’Officiel and Vogue (France). She went on to score success with
appearance on Image (UK), Madame Figaro, Elle (Australia), Numero France, Vogue
(France) and Vogue (US) in 1999.
Also in 1999, Carmen became one of the fashion runways’ hottest commodities. She
brightened up the catwalks working for numerous foremost designers like Oscar de
la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Jill Stuart, MaxMara, Michael Kors, Moschino,
Nicole Miller, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Alberta Ferretti,
Anna Sui, BCBG, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Dior, DKNY, Dolce &
Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré and Gianni Versace.
Her supermodel status was further confirmed with appearance in many big
advertising campaigns, including for Donna Karan, General Motors, Chanel, Guy
Laroche, Krizia, Versace and Calvin Klein. But, she is perhaps most familiar for
her Gap denim advertisements and being the face of the Christian Dior perfume “J’adore.”
She also becomes the spokes model for one of the world’s leading cosmetics
Now a resident of New York, Carmen has become a staple for the two largest
American fashion magazines, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She even has raised her
star status by appearing in Victoria’s Secret catalogues. One of the most sought
after models, Carmen, who is represented by “Women” in New York, and “City” in
Paris, has reportedly purchased part of her former agency, “Baltic Models.”
Branching out to acting, the supermodel took on the supporting role of Prof.
Kaia Hiiernum in the movie Welcome to America (2002), jointly directed by Rish
Mustaine and John Sjogren and starring Michael Madsen and Tom Sizemore. Two
years later, she added the drama film Point&Shoot and the Estonian
murder-mystery film Täna öösel me ei maga (We Won’t Sleep Tonight) to her still
limited acting resume.