the supermodel and president of the Estonian Chess Federation to draw the pairings
The President of the Estonian Federation
Photo album: Carmen Kass at the opening
The Mtel Masters competition has started with supermodels five years ago and will keep the tradition this year as well. The super model of “Channel” Carmen Kass will be the special guest at the opening ceremony of the 5th Mtel Masters in Sofia.
Here main carrer has always been connected with modeling. However, she runs her own telephone company in Estonia and also ran for the European Parliament. The connection to chess is quite stronger this time. Carmen Kass is President of the Estonian Chess Federation and has participated in several chess promotional events, including Mainz Classics where she drew with the World Champion Vishy Anand. The appearance of Carmen Kass at the opening ceremony of the Bilbao Final Masters this year is also possible, we will keep you updated.
Note: The Mtel Masters 2009 will have daily live commentary on Chessdom.com with GM Bauer, GM Dimitrov, and IM Perunovic. All details about the tournament are here, expect photos and interviews from the opening ceremony.
Kass was born in Tallinn, Estonia and grew up in Paide, the capital of Järva County. 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 designers such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Fendi, Chanel, Chloé, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy. She also appeared in Victoria’s Secret shows.
In addition, Kass has posed in advertisements for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gucci, Donna Karan, Byblos, Dsquared2, Givenchy, Fendi, Max Mara, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Emanuel Ungaro, Michael Kors, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Revlon, Chloé, Christian Dior, Just Cavalli, Kenzo, Krizia, Mango, Guy Laroche, Narciso Rodriguez, Trend Les Copains, Sephora and also for General Motors. She is also recognized for her appearances in a The Gap denim advertising campaign. Kass was a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics, Sephora, one of the world’s leading cosmetics retailers, and the Christian Dior perfume, J’adore.
Carmen Kass as a chess player
Carmen Kass is a devoted chess player and often states she preffers a game of chess to a night club. She is from Estonia, a devoted fan of Paul Keres, and often sits behind the chess board to distract from the daily routine. In her most notable games is a draw with the World Champion Vishy Anand in Mainz.
Carmen Kass is currently the elected President of the Estonian Chess Federation. Besides running chess in the country, she has also ran a campaign to obtain the right to organize the 2008 Chess Olympics in Tallinn. However, that right was given to Dresden, Germany.
Carmen Kass will be present at the opening ceremony where she will draw the pairings for the first round of Mtel Masters 2009. Expect the special live coverage by Chessdom.com with photos, interviews, and news from the venue.
Carmen Kass in her game with Anand
Carmen Kass during the Mainz Classics
Carmen Kass during her visit in Finland
Carmen Kass as a model for Vogue (France)
The famous Dior commercial