Carmen Kass won several beauty pageants, including Miss Paide and Miss Jarvamaa County, before Carmen was discovered by an Italian model scout in a supermarket in Paide, a village outside Tallinn, Estonia. She started modeling for a local agency, called "Baltic Models" when she was 14. Her single mother, a waitress, refused to sign the papers that would allow her to fly to Milan for 3 months so "I faked her signature!" says Carmen. Kass has now bought part of her previous model agency in Tallinn, and is reported to be addicted to email. "If you meet her, you can be sure she is stuck to her cellular phone and connected to her computer at home to check her email." She also loves the game of chess.