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Name: Carmen Kass                                                                   
Born: 14 September 1978 Paide, Estonia                                             
Carmen Kass (born September 14, 1978 in Paide, Estonia) is an Estonian model.       
Kass grew up in the Estonian city of Paide. When she was a little girl, she         
lived in a cramped apartment in Sika village with her mother, who worked on a       
farm. At the age of fourteen, she was 'discovered' in a Tallinn supermarket by     
an Italian modeling scout. Kass had wanted to compete for the Miss Estonia title,   
but an offer to fly to Milan, Italy, to start a modeling career seemed like a       
more glamorous and lucrative option.                                               
Kass officially moved to Paris at the age of 18. Soon after, she received           
exposure on the cover of magazines worldwide, such as Vogue (France) in 1997,       
ELLE (Australia), Image (UK), Madame Figaro, Numéro France, Vogue (France), and   
Vogue (US) in 1999.                                                                 
In 1999, Kass modeled for top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors,         
Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Versace,   
Fendi, Chanel, Chloe, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy. She also appeared     
in Victoria's Secret shows.                                                         
In addition, Kass has posed in numerous advertisements for Calvin Klein, Chanel,   
Donna Karan, Givenchy, Fendi, Michael Kors, Versace, and also for General Motors.   
She is also recognized for her appearances in a The Gap denim advertising           
campaign. Kass was a spokesperson for Sephora, one of the world's leading           
cosmetics retailers, and the Christian Dior perfume, J'adore.                       
Kass was awarded by Vogue as "Model of the Year" at the 2000 VH1/Vogue Fashion     
As of 2006, she has appeared in campaigns for Dsquared, Pedro del Hierro,           
Michael Kors and Chloe with Malgosia Bela. In 2007, Kass has got ten campaigns     
only for the spring/summer collection, including Versace, Michael Kors, Pucci,     
Jones New York, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gap, Peek & Cloppenburg, Bedat & Co, Time     
and Et Vous?.                                                                       
She has now signed to be Max Factor newest spokesperson.                           
Kass is well-known for her distinctive runway walk. A quirk of the Estonian         
supermodel is that while she is very tall, her feet are quite small (about an       
American size seven). It is said that she sometimes simply falls out of her         
shoes while walking.