Liberty Lettice Lark Ross was born on September 23 1978 in London. She is a model, actress and Vogue cover girl. The model famed for her raven-haired, blue-eyed beauty, and is one of Britain’s foremost fashion models. She spent some of her formative years in Los Angeles where her father Ian Ross – a founding member of Radio Caroline – opened Flipper’s, a roller disco on Venice Beach that was popular with many stars including Queen and Prince. Aged seven, after returning to Britain, she was photographed by Norman Parkinson for a Tiffany Jewels campaign, and two years later she appeared as a child bride on the cover of the Ozzy Osbourne album No Rest for the Wicked. Although spotted numerous times by photographer Corinne Day on west London’s Portobello Road, and also by Storm founder Sarah Doukas, Ross did not initially pursue a career in modelling, instead deciding to continue with her education. Upon leaving school, Ross was photographed by Mario Testino forVoguesignaling the start of her successful modelling career.
In 1999, she made her catwalk debut on the runway for Louis Vuitton in Paris. In the early months of 2000, Liberty was named as the primary model in the Emanuel Ungaro and Sonia Rykiel advertising campaigns. In the same year, she was selected to appear on the cover of the special 20th anniversary issue of The Face alongside Kate Moss. Ross appeared on her first British Vogue cover in June 2000. “I didn’t realise I was going to be on the cover when I did the shoot,” Ross said inside the issue. “A couple of months later I was on another shoot in Nepal and I got a fax congratulating me on making the cover. I was unbelievably excited – it was my first one.” In December of the same year she also appeared on the cover of the Russian Vogue. Later that year she was named as “The Face of the Millennium” by the Evening Standard.
Ross has collaborated with photographer Nick Knight on numerous occasions. In 2004, she guest-edited an issue of Vogue alongside Knight and has since taken part in many projects on Knight’s creative platform SHOWstudio. She was shot by Knight for the 2004 Pirelli Calendar, alongside the likes of Natalia Vodianova, Jessica Miller, Alex Wek and Caroline Kurkova. In 2007, she re-signed with Storm Models having taken a hiatus from modeling to concentrate on her children – daughter Skyla, born in 2004, and son Tennyson, born in 2006. Liberty spoke of her decision to move to Los Angeles in the December 2009 issue of British Vogue.”I don’t think I ever said, ‘Oh we’re going to move to LA and that’s going to be that’,” she said. “We loved LA, wanted a change and we knew that Rupert would get lots more work. In London, we were never off an aeroplane and I knew that this would not work if I wanted to be a mother.” In May 2011, Ross was a part of Alice Temperley’s True British exhibition – a series of beautiful photographs inspired by Norman Parkinson, showcasing the Temperley autumn/winter 2010 presentation, which were later auctioned to raise money for an Oxfam charity The Circle. All funds raised went to help women in Africa suffering from HIV and AIDS, giving them a chance of an education and helping to protect women’s rights. Annie Lennox, Amanda Harlech, Laura Bailey and Sophie Dahl also took part in the initiative. In September 2011, she appeared in a short film for her friend, jewellery designer, Solange Azagury-Partridge’s 24:7 collection. The film was directed by Sam Taylor-Wood.
In recent years, Ross has branched out into acting making her feature film debut in W.E., the Madonna-directed Wallis Simpson biopic. In 2012 she appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman. Ross played the mother of Snow White, played by Twilight star Kristen Stewart, in the reworking of the traditional fairytale. Liberty currently resides in Malibu, California with her husband, film director Rupert Sanders, and their two children, Skyla and Tennyson.