“I love painting people, printing and I'd like to take metal work classes. I'd rather be remembered as a famous painter than a famous model, so I'll have to start the ball rolling now.” Kirsty Hume
A Scottish model with a unique beauty and appeal, Kirsty Hume became a well-known presence in the fashion world during the 1990s. Her face has graced on the covers of such magazines as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle, and she has appeared on shows for YSL, Gucci, Gap and Ralph Lauren, among others. Most notably, she has been a spokesperson for Channel. Outside of the fashion industry, Hume is a skilled artist and a very talented seamstress.
Currently, Hume resides in Woodstock, New York. With husband Donovan Leitch, Jr. and their young daughter, Lilac. She loves wearing flip flops and Birkenstocks.
Childhood and Family:
Kirsty Hume was born on September 4, 1978, in Ayr, Scotland. As a young, she found an early interest in painting and influenced by the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and folk artist. Her mother died of cancer in 1982, when she was only fourteen. She then was raised by many relatives, including her grandmother.
On September 23, 1997, Kirsty married British actor/rocker Donovan Leitch, Jr. (born on August 16, 1968) in a fairy-tale ceremony on the banks of Loch Lomond. They went to Bali for honeymoon. Kirsty gave birth to a baby girl, Lilac Jean Hume Leitch, on March 21, 2004.
“It's hard to suddenly adapt from being a little girl in Scotland with no responsibility to living in a big city and earning money and traveling all over the place and having phone bills to pay and an apartment to clean and all the rest of it. When I left Scotland, I didn't even have a credit card.” Kirsty Hume
Kirsty Hume began her modeling career by signing with an agency in Glasgow, Scotland, and before she knew it, she was on her way furthering a potential one-in-a-million career in the Unites States. She, however, did not enjoy a break until fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier spotted her at age 16. This led to Hume's appearances in several biggest shows and opportunities to work with a number of famous designers.
Hume's mounting career was confirmed in 1995 when she appeared in numerous Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Allure covers. She kept her hot strike on runways by participating in many fashion shows, including the March 1996 Gucci presentation of fall and winter fashion collections in Milan, Italy. Which saw Hume wore a incredible dress made of white jersey (clothing) with an immersing neckline.
In 1997, Hume signed on with Channel as a spokesmodel, and later that same year she represented Karl Lagerfeld designs for the company on a fashion show in Paris, France. She followed it up with an appearance at the January 1998 Milan fashion show where she dressed in a bias-cut chiffon gown designed by Donatella Versace. Hume gained additional fame with her work in campaigns for clients like Gap, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren (in association with the LPGA golf tour), Yves Saint-Laurent and Gucci, cementing her status as a new breed of supermodel.
One of the UK's richest stars under 30, 23-year-old Hume became the center of attention when she announced her plans to leave the fashion world in order to continue her studies at an art school in New York. Since then, her activity on the catwalk has decreased. She concentrated more on starting her own art gallery and cosmetic store.
Hume plans on returning to the runways, and launching her own line of designer clothing.