American model Amanda Moore was born on 10 September 1979 in Idaho in the United States. As the child of a military father, Moore’s family moved often. She was mainly raised by her father and older brother. Moore attended various schools, but she went to high school in Florida. A prodigy, she completed high school and started college at age 15. Originally, she wanted to be a veterinarian, and she enjoyed playing basketball. However, a friend talked her into going to a local model scouting event, and Moore became interested in modelling. She later went to Orlando for a larger event, where she impressed many agents. Originally, she was represented by NEXT Model Management, but today, she is represented by IMG Models.
On the Runway
Moore made her runway debut in September of 2000 when she walked for Gucci, Nina Ricci, and Costume National in their spring shows. She was booked in many different shows in 2000, and many believe that year was the peak of her career. However, that’s not to say she hasn’t worked since then. In 2002, she opened the Anne Valerie Hash show in Paris. The next year, she opened the Balenciaga show, closed the Proenza Schouler fall show, and walked for Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gibenchy.
She continued her runway appearances in 2004 when she walked for Fendi, Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler, Chanel, and Stella McCartney. By 2005, however, she had almost completely vanished from the runway, and many wondered if she had retired. She returned in 2006 with a new haircut that was something between a mullet and a faux-hawk and opened the Lanvin show in Paris. In 2007, she walked for Hermes and Lanvin in the Paris Fashion Week event.
Moore had her first cover appearance two years after becoming a model. She appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue. She had a number of magazine appearances throughout 2000, and in 2001, she once again appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue, something she would do again in 2002. She was featured in the D&G ad campaign alongside Naomi Campbell that same year. She was also shot for Balenciaga, Numero, and BCBG Max Azria’s fall ad campaign. In 2003, she appeared on the cover of Italian Glamour, i-D, British Vogue, and was shot for Tommy Hilfiger. In 2006, after her disappearance for a year, she appeared on the cover of Numero and in an issue of Dansk.
In addition to her magazine appearances, Moore has served as the face of Costume National and Lanvin, promoted Emporio Armani’s Get Together fragrance and Lanvin’s Rumeur fragrance, and appeared in the 2004 Pirelli calendar. She also appeared on ModelTV in January of 2005.
As one of the few openly gay or lesbian fashion models, Moore’s sexuality has been something of an issue at times. The New York Times named her a de facto lesbian style icon in an article in 2004. The article noted that while many gay women in the fashion industry keep their sexuality hidden, Moore is unabashedly open.
Moore has been known to have a bit of a temper, as demonstrated in 2003 when she punched a man in a bar for making out with her then-girlfriend, Kate Young. Today, Moore is dating singer/songwriter Linda Perry. She currently lives in New York and is mostly retired from the modelling industry. She still enjoys playing basketball and is learning French.