Chess and the catwalk: supermodel with a serious hobby

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen Kass — player and model at the same time.
To be a professional model, flaunting on the catwalk in their underwear and engage in politics? To travel around the world, featuring the most revealing outfits to become the face of famous brand perfumes and at the same time to win the chess tournament? This seems incredible in our reality, but that’s just how things have Carmen Kass is the second highest paid model in the world.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen Kass is an Estonian model.

Now Carmen Kass (Carmen Kass) 38 years, which is quite a lot for the fashion business. Of course, it may well be that the days of the peaks of its glory had already passed — for example, in 2002, she was the second highest paid model in the world. But on the other hand, Carmen still looks good, and then, such a versatile personality as she is, there are certainly where to apply his many talents.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen Kass with 18 years in the modeling business.

Launched the career of Carmen with Frank gamble — the representative of the modeling Agency Baltic Models once noticed a beautiful girl at the supermarket and invited her to go to Milan for a fashion show. Carmen at the time was only 14 years old, and of course, her mother was horrified from the suggestion. However, she forged the signature of the mother in the documents and still went to Italy.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
One of the highest paid models in the world.

In Milan the girl failed to «catch on», and Carmen returned home to Estonia. The next time he tried his hand in the modeling field already as an 18-year — old- and this time everything went perfectly. Almost immediately after arriving in Paris, Carmen’s caught in a cycle of high fashion and soon her photos can already be seen on the cover of Vogue in four countries, Australian Elle, British Image, Madame Figaro, and French numéro. Further, for the girl began to struggle, she received one invitation after another: Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Anna Wintour, she became the campaign face for top designers such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gucci, Versace, Givenchy, Fendi, Max Mara, Valentino and even General Motors.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen always engaged in chess.

Most of our readers may best remember Carmen the bright yellow is perfume by Christian Dior «J’adore». In 2007, the girl took part in ten campaigns for the spring / summer from different designers. Then she became a regular model and a representative of Max Factor.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Super-model from Tallinn.
Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen engaged in politics, chess and fashion business.

It would seem that when you have so many travels, so many impressions, so many shootings when we still have time to do something else? And whether or not, if you already have everything? But just at the peak of his fame Carmen realized that she can, and most importantly — wants to do other things. So, from 2004 to 2011, Carmen was the President of the Estonian Chess Federation and it was not just a nominal position, the girl herself participated in the tournament, as she played this game since childhood — dad Carmen teaches children and adults to chess in his hometown. In 2008, Carmen was even trying to win the right to spend Olympic games of chess in Tallinn, but then won in Dresden. Now she left the post of Director and adviser to the Federation.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Advertising campaign for Christian Dior’s J’adore.
Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
A stylish girl from Estonia.
Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Model for Victoria’s Secret.

In 2000, Carmen was named «Best model of the year» by VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. The year before a girl for the first time participated in the fashion show of the famous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, and continued to work with them until 2008. At the same time, Carmen starred in the Estonian mystical Thriller «Tonight we fall asleep,» besides, it can be seen in the Ben Stiller movie «Zoolander.»

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen Kass for chess.
Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Serious hobby Carmen Kass.

In addition, in February 2004 Carmen joined the ruling party in Estonia’s Res Publica, and later also participated in the elections to the Estonian Parliament. For her voted more than 2 thousand persons, however in Parliament it was not passed.

Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Carmen Kass for a game.
Шахматы и подиум: супермодель с серьезным хобби
Supermodel Carmen Kass.

And in our article «the American dream» you can see how was the fate of the winner of the first beauty contest in the USSR.

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