Kate Moss High School:
|Riddlesdown High School, Croydon, Surrey, England (1990)|
Kate Moss College:
Kate Moss, born Katherine Ann Moss on January 16th, 1974, was born in Croydon, Greater London, the daughter of a barmaid and a travel agent; she grew up in the Addiscombe area of the borough. She went to Ridgeway Primary School and Riddlesdown Collegiate, which was previously known as Riddlesdown High School, in Purley. At school, Moss excelled at sports but was mediocre at best in academic areas, receiving for her GCSE exams one C in Science, with the rest of her scores being D's and F's. She was discovered and first made the jump into the world of modeling at age 14 in 1988, when she went on a family holiday to the Bahamas. While en route to her return flight to the UK at JFK airport in New York city, she was discovered by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Agency. Her career in photographs really began two years later, when she was 16, at which time the photographer Corrine Day shot black-and-white styled photos of her for the British magazine, The Face. Day would describe the pictures she took of Moss at this time, while Moss was still an unknown model, as “dirty realism” or “grunge”. Riding the “grunge” wave that was very popular in the early 1990s, Moss went on to become the “anti-supermodel” of the times, setting her off from vanilla, “clean” supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer; in contrast to their conventionally beautiful tall and curvaceous figures, Moss was leaner, lankier and more arresting. Since 1990, she has had campaigns with every major Italian, French, American and British designer.