Carmen Kass in a Carter Smith Photoshoot 2006
Kass was born in Tallinn, Estonia and grew up in Mäo village, near Paide, the capital of Järva County. Kass moved to Paris at the age of eighteen and soon received exposure by appearing on the covers of French and American Vogue, Australian Elle, UK Image, Madame Figaro, and French Numéro.
Her career was launched by Anna Wintour and by 1999, Kass was walking the runway for designers such as Shiatzy Chen, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Dolce & Gabbana, and posing in advertisements for designers and brands like Klein, Chanel, Gucci, Donna Karan, Dsquared2, Versace, Givenchy, Fendi, Max Mara, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and even General Motors. She also appeared in a The Gap denim advertising campaign and was a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics, Sephora, and the Christian Dior perfume, J’adore. In 2007 alone, Kass booked ten campaigns with notable designers for spring/summer collections. As of 2007, she is the model and spokesperson for Max Factor’s.
Kass was awarded by Vogue as “Model of the Year” at the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. While bering a model in New York, she attended the Lee Strasberg Institute.
Kass is well-known for her distinctive runway walk. Despite her height, her feet are small (about an American size seven).
She walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2008.