Liberty Ross was born in London, England, in 1978, and spent some of her early years in Los Angeles when her father opened up a roller disco. However, the family moved back to Britain after the disco closed down in 1984, when she was just six years old. Liberty Ross was a very beautiful young girl, and she shot her first print advertisement when she was just seven years old for Tiffany & Co. Two years later she was also photographed for the cover of the Ozzy Osborne’s album “No Rest for the Wicked,” as one of the child brides.
Even though Liberty Ross did not actively pursue modelling, she was still discovered by a fashion photographer walking down the street in Portobello Road in 1991, and she signed with Storm Models the following year. Then, she worked with a Japanese station for the next few years. In 1995 she began to work with the renowned Mario Testino. Working with Testino is a big goal and some models will spend years just trying to get in a shoot with him. It wasn’t long before Testino was using Liberty Ross regularly.
Making her big break
The turn of the millennium was a turning point in Liberty Ross’s modelling career. In late 1999 she made her catwalk debut on the runway for Louis Vuitton in Paris, and this marked the beginning of Ross’s rise into the modelling world. In the early months of 2000 Liberty was named as the primary model in the Emanuel Ungara and Sonia Rykiel advertising campaigns. Then, she was selected to appear on the cover of the special twentieth anniversary issue of The Face with rising supermodel Kate Moss
Ross then went on to appear on the cover of the British Vogue the next month (June), and also showed up on the German cover of Marie Claire in October and the Russian Vogue in December. This nearly back to back coverage of the young model paid off when she was named as the “Model of the Year” at the 2000 Elle Style Awards. It appeared that her star was on the rise, and Liberty Ross was rocketing to the top with her dark hair, blue eyes, and classically beautiful features.
Rising in popularity
One of the reasons that Liberty Ross was so popular and in such high demand is that she has a look that can easily be manipulated to display classic beauty, or with just a flourish of make-up and hair she can appear to be a carefree artistic model. Her versatility is one reason why she began to be featured in so many different shows and advertising campaigns throughout 2002 and 2003. She even worked once again with Kate Moss as a model for the Burberry spring advertising campaign.
In 2004 Liberty gave birth to her daughter, Skyla Lila Lake, but even this did not slow her down that much as she modelled for Pirelli, Christian Dior, and served as a guest editor for the British version of Vogue. After this tremendously busy year Ross did go ahead and take some time off to give birth to her second child, a son named Tennyson.
When Liberty Ross was ready to return to modelling she signed a new contract with Storm Models in September of 2007. Since then she has continued to appear in magazines and advertisements. In 2009 her career has started to take off once again as she has been featured on the cover of DANSK and French Revue de Modes, as well as editorials for Velvet and i-D.