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Carmen Kass is a famous Estonian super model, who has also participated in the elections to represent her country in the European Union

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BirthdaySeptember 14, 1978
NationalityEstonian
FamousMillionaires, Fashion, Models
Universities
  • Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Birth PlaceTallinn
Height178cm
GenderFemale
FatherViktor Kass
MotherKoidu Põder
Net Worth$2 million as of Aug 18,2016
Sun SignVirgo
Born inTallinn
Famous asModel

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Who is Carmen Kass?

Carmen Kass is an Estonian Fashion model who has dabbled in acting and politics as well as her successful super modeling career. She was discovered at the young age of 14 and was walking high end fashion show runways in Milan and Paris by the time she was 18. Throughout her career she has been featured on the covers of several fashion magazines around the world, as well as in advertising campaigns for many important fashion labels. She used her prominence as one of the richest people in Estonia to run for political office in the European Parliament, but did not win a seat. The supermodel has also had minor roles in a few films, as well as opening and closing important fashion shows for over a decade. Tall and graceful, Kass is known for her distinctive runway walk and charming gap toothed smile, but also loves to play chess in her spare time. Her father was a professor of chess and she has been romantically involved with a German chess champion; as well as being a powerful chess player in her own right. She is also a part owner of her mother’s company ‘Baltic Models’, which is the agency that helped her get the initial jobs, at the start of her career.

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Childhood & Early Life

Carmen Kass was born on September 14, 1978 in Tallinn, Estonia. She was raised in Mäo village and was raised by her mother. Her father, a chess teacher in Põlva, was not involved in her upbringing.

Kass got a start in modeling from an early age when she was discovered in a supermarket by an Italian modeling scout in her native Estonia in 1992. Still a teenager, she resisted pressure to have cosmetic surgery, to change her lips.

Kass moved to Milan and then Paris in 1996, receiving early exposure at the age of 18 on the covers of French and American ‘Vogue’ as well as many other prominent international fashion magazines.

Career

By 1999, Kass was already enjoying success as a runway model for high fashion brands like ‘Michael Kors’, ‘Donna Karran’ and ‘Dolce & Gabbana’, as well as opening and closing the ‘Victoria's Secret Fashion Show’ in November of that year. She also made appearances in advertisements for a wide variety of brands including ‘Gucci’, ‘Versace’, and ‘Marc Jacobs’, and appeared on the cover of ‘Harper’s Bazaar’.

In 2000, she landed several major victories for her career. She signed a contract to be the face of ‘Christian Dior's J'adore’, won the ‘VH1/Vogue Model of the Year’ award, and was featured on Vogue's November cover alongside fellow top earning supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

In 2002, ‘USA Today’ estimated Carmen to be the second highest earning model in the world. She opened and closed the ‘Marni’, ‘Yves St. Laurent’ and ‘Oscar de la Renta’ spring shows, as well as walking the runway for several major brands.

When her native country of Estonia joined the ‘European Union’ in May of 2004, Kass ran for European Parliament as part of Estonia's ruling ‘Res Publica Party’. Despite receiving 2315 votes from the Estonian electorate, she was not elected.

Like her father she plays chess, and in 2004 she was elected president of the ‘Estonian National Chess League’ and ran an unsuccessful campaign for her hometown to host the next Chess Olympics.

In 2007 alone she picked up ten major ad campaigns for spring/summer collections and walked the runways for several notable brands including ‘Michael Kors’, where she also featured as a spokesmodel for the next four years. In addition to appearing in New York, Paris and Milan, she was featured on the covers of many prominent fashion magazines within the next several years.

In 2008, she founded an ‘SMS’ loan company in Estonia called Credit Market. Since then the Estonian media has released an article regarding the company's financial difficulties.

Today Kass continues to appear on fashion magazine covers and runways around the world. In 2014, she appeared on covers in Spain and Italy.

Major Works

Carmen Kass has opened and closed several prominent fashion shows for distinguished labels throughout the years. One of her early triumphs saw her opening and closing for the ‘Victoria's Secret’ show, in 1999.

Awards & Achievements

Kass's distinctive runway walk and flawless look has launched her to the top of the industry. In 2001 she was given ‘VH1/Vogue's Model of the Year Award’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Carmen who is one of the richest Estonians and one of the best paid models of all time has also faced severe criticism. In 2001 she was featured in a New York Times article entitled ‘I’m the Richest Girl in Estonia’ and made a cameo appearance as herself in the film 'Zoolander', which parodied the fashion industry. Apart from this, several outrageous and caricatured portrayals of her have appeared in the pop media.

Between the years of 1998 and 2004 Kass was dating restaurant owner Richie Akiva.

Since late 2004, she is reported to be seeing Eric Lobron, a German chess champion, after parting ways with her former fling.

Net Worth

Throughout her career Carmen Kass has been one of the best paid models of all time. As of 2015, her net worth is an estimated $2 million.

Trivia

Despite her extra tall height, this famous super model has unusually small feet. She often complains of falling out of her shoes during runway shows.

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Carmen Kass biography timelines

  • // 14th Sep 1978
    Carmen Kass was born on September 14, 1978 in Tallinn, Estonia. She was raised in Mäo village and was raised by her mother. Her father, a chess teacher in Põlva, was not involved in her upbringing.
  • // 1992
    Kass got a start in modeling from an early age when she was discovered in a supermarket by an Italian modeling scout in her native Estonia in 1992. Still a teenager, she resisted pressure to have cosmetic surgery, to change her lips.
  • // 1996
    Kass moved to Milan and then Paris in 1996, receiving early exposure at the age of 18 on the covers of French and American ‘Vogue’ as well as many other prominent international fashion magazines.
  • // 1998 To 2004
    Between the years of 1998 and 2004 Kass was dating restaurant owner Richie Akiva.
  • // 1999
    By 1999, Kass was already enjoying success as a runway model for high fashion brands like ‘Michael Kors’, ‘Donna Karran’ and ‘Dolce & Gabbana’, as well as opening and closing the ‘Victoria's Secret Fashion Show’ in November of that year. She also made appearances in advertisements for a wide variety of brands including ‘Gucci’, ‘Versace’, and ‘Marc Jacobs’, and appeared on the cover of ‘Harper’s Bazaar’.
  • // 1999
    Carmen Kass has opened and closed several prominent fashion shows for distinguished labels throughout the years. One of her early triumphs saw her opening and closing for the ‘Victoria's Secret’ show, in 1999.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she landed several major victories for her career. She signed a contract to be the face of ‘Christian Dior's J'adore’, won the ‘VH1/Vogue Model of the Year’ award, and was featured on Vogue's November cover alongside fellow top earning supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
  • // 2001
    Kass's distinctive runway walk and flawless look has launched her to the top of the industry. In 2001 she was given ‘VH1/Vogue's Model of the Year Award’.
  • // 2001
    Carmen who is one of the richest Estonians and one of the best paid models of all time has also faced severe criticism. In 2001 she was featured in a New York Times article entitled ‘I’m the Richest Girl in Estonia’ and made a cameo appearance as herself in the film 'Zoolander', which parodied the fashion industry. Apart from this, several outrageous and caricatured portrayals of her have appeared in the pop media.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, ‘USA Today’ estimated Carmen to be the second highest earning model in the world. She opened and closed the ‘Marni’, ‘Yves St. Laurent’ and ‘Oscar de la Renta’ spring shows, as well as walking the runway for several major brands.
  • // 2004
    When her native country of Estonia joined the ‘European Union’ in May of 2004, Kass ran for European Parliament as part of Estonia's ruling ‘Res Publica Party’. Despite receiving 2315 votes from the Estonian electorate, she was not elected.
  • // 2004
    Like her father she plays chess, and in 2004 she was elected president of the ‘Estonian National Chess League’ and ran an unsuccessful campaign for her hometown to host the next Chess Olympics.
  • // 2004
    Since late 2004, she is reported to be seeing Eric Lobron, a German chess champion, after parting ways with her former fling.
  • // 2007
    In 2007 alone she picked up ten major ad campaigns for spring/summer collections and walked the runways for several notable brands including ‘Michael Kors’, where she also featured as a spokesmodel for the next four years. In addition to appearing in New York, Paris and Milan, she was featured on the covers of many prominent fashion magazines within the next several years.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she founded an ‘SMS’ loan company in Estonia called Credit Market. Since then the Estonian media has released an article regarding the company's financial difficulties.
  • // 2014
    Today Kass continues to appear on fashion magazine covers and runways around the world. In 2014, she appeared on covers in Spain and Italy.
  • // 2015
    Throughout her career Carmen Kass has been one of the best paid models of all time. As of 2015, her net worth is an estimated $2 million.

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Carmen Kass's FAQ

  • What is Carmen Kass birthday?

    Carmen Kass was born at 1978-09-14

  • Where is Carmen Kass's birth place?

    Carmen Kass was born in Tallinn

  • What is Carmen Kass nationalities?

    Carmen Kass's nationalities is Estonian

  • What was Carmen Kass universities?

    Carmen Kass studied at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

  • How tall is Carmen Kass?

    Carmen Kass's height is 178

  • Who is Carmen Kass's father?

    Carmen Kass's father is Viktor Kass

  • Who is Carmen Kass's mother?

    Carmen Kass's mother is Koidu Põder

  • What is Carmen Kass's sun sign?

    Carmen Kass is Virgo

  • How famous is Carmen Kass?

    Carmen Kass is famouse as Model