Carmen Kass is an Estonian supermodel. She was born on September 14, 1978 in a small town called Paide. She won 2 beauty contests, namely Miss Paide and Miss Järvamaa before she was discovered in a mall from Tallinn and offered a contract in Milan, Italy.
Carmen Kass was only 14 when she was discovered in a small town from Estonia. Her mother didn't approve her trip to Milan, so she made sure to forge her signature in order to get there. She wanted to participate in the Miss Estonia contest, but getting a jump start in Milan has changed her mind. After her eighteenth birthday, she moved to Paris and later on to New York. In September 1997, she walks for Chanel in Paris and Versace in Milan. However, 1998 is not an active year for her compared with 2000 when she won the Model of the Year Award.
Carmen Kass was successful even before she won the Model of the Year Award, but what happened next has really drawn all attention towards her. After opening the spring for Carolina Herrera and Valentino shows in New York and Paris, and signing a fragrance contract with Christian Dior's J'adore, she appears in the Pirelli calendar. In 2001, Kass walks for Versace, Valentino, Balmain, Oscar de la Renta and Ralph Lauren. During the same year, she appears on the British Vogue cover twice. In 2002, USA Today estimates her income and concludes that she is the second-paid model at that time. During that year, she lands on catwalks for Givenchy, Jil Sander, Marni, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2003, Carmen Kass appears in a controversial Gucci ad with its logo shaved into her pubic hair. In addition, she closes the fall for Balenciaga, Calvin Klein and Gucci. In November, she also walks in the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Her career continues to develop with a small break in 2004. In 2006, she becomes the face of DSquared2, Michael Kors, and Chloe and in 2007 she poses for 10 ad campaigns, including Versace, Michael Kors, Gap and Salvatore Ferragamo. In 2008, she collaborates with Michael Kors and appears in Vogue, Numero and Harper's Bazaar. In 2009, she graces Allure, Vogue, Korean Numero and many other magazines with her fantastic figure. In 2010, she opens the fall for Armani Prive's show in Paris and closes the fall for Michael Kors's show in New York. She continues to be very active, mostly in editorials. As for her interest in politics, she runs for the European Parliament and gets involved in the Estonian political life.
Carmen Kass has attended the Estonian Business School and she is now part owner of her mother agency called Baltic Models. She has a small dog that she loves and she is an expert chess player. Among the people, she has dated until now are Richie Akiva, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eric and Tobey Maguire. She also enjoys horseback riding and spends a lot of time online.