Kate Moss, the ultimate British supermodel and mother of one, this week celebrates her silver jubilee – 25 years as the world’s most famous model.
Croydon born Kate was famously on route home from a holiday in the Bahamas with her father in 1988, when she was discovered by Storm model agency founder Sarah Doukas at JFK airport. 14 year old Moss could never have predicted that her modelling career would still be flying high as she approaches her 40th birthday in January.
After appearing in Calvin Klein’s Obsession campaign in 1992 Kate’s career sky-rocketed. Credited for publicising the ‘waif’ look, Moss’s reaction in the face of the media storm was to ‘never complain, never explain.’ By remaining enigmatic, Kate won major campaigns for Gucci, Chanel, Rimmel, Bulgari and Burberry amongst others. She has graced the cover of British Vogue 30 times!
In September 2002 she gave birth to her daughter Lila-Grace. Although her relationship with Lila’s dad Jefferson Hack dissolved, they remain on great terms and Hack was a guest at her 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince.
An iconic fashion figure, Kate has won many awards and is frequently named on Vanity Fair’s best dressed list. So it’s no surprise Sir Philip Green snapped her up and asked her to design The Kate Moss collection in 2007 for Topshop. Many of those pieces remain collector’s items and The Kate Moss collection ran for 3 successful years.
My favourite Kate Moss era was the 90s when she and her then boyfriend Johnny Depp had matching straggly hair and leather jackets. They were beyond achingly cool, with Depp throwing her a surprise 21st birthday party at the Viper Room in LA, where the likes of Michael Hutchence and Gloria Gaynor played.
No one has captivated the fashion world quite like Moss. From snaggle-toothed girl next door, to international supermodel, she has entertained us and inspired us for 25 years. Long live Queen Kate!
Kate Moss and daughter Lila-Grace 1 of 10
Kate and Lila-Grace seen this month in London going to a gallery opening on The Strand. Looks like 10 year old Lila-Grace is inheriting her mother's amazing looks!
Kate Moss’s first mgazine cover for The Face 2 of 10
This photo shoot propelled Kate's career skyward and she went on to land the coveted Calvin Klein campaign in 1992 alongside Marky Mark (as Mark Wahlberg was known then). Who knew that this snaggled-toothed teenager would become one of the world's leading supermodels?
Kate Moss launching her Topshop Collection 3 of 10
Kate Moss supermodel became Kate Moss businesswoman when she went into partnership with Sir Philip Green in April 2007 when she launched the Kate Moss collection. It ran for 3 successful years. This is Kate and her models in October 2007 celebrating her first ever winter collection. Many of these items are now collector's items. After all, who doesn't want to look as good as Kate?
Kate Moss celebrates 10 years as the face for Rimmel UK 4 of 10
In September 2011 Kate celebrated 10 years as Rimmel girl at Battersea Power station in London. The ultimate London style queen, Kate showed us how to master the art of wearing red lippy and how to get luscious lashes like hers.
We never thought we’d see the day – but it came! 5 of 10
On July 1st 2011 rockstar Jamie Hince made Kate Moss his wife at a quaint church in Southrop Village, Gloucestershire. The bride wore custom made Galliano and had 15 bridesmaids including her daughter Lila-Grace. The reception lasted 3 days and was known as Moss-stock - a mini festival. Oh to be have been a guest at that!
Glam as ever 6 of 10
'The Kate Moss book' created by Kate herself, was launched last October. The cover featured photos taken by the great Mario Testino - Kate's good friend. The book was a retrospective of Kate's illustrious career, featuring many 'never seen before' photos. In typical Moss style, she turned up in a Marc Jacobs dazzling gold dress. If you've got it Kate, then flaunt it!
Kate on the catwalk! 7 of 10
In 2010 Kate made a brief return to the catwalk, modelling a McQueen dress for her bezzie mate Naomi Campbell's benefit night 'Fashion for Relief.'
Kate’s first ever Vogue cover 8 of 10
Kate's first ever Vogue cover was in March 1993. The photos were taken by Corinne Day in a practically empty flat. The pics created outrage as the media debated over whether or not Kate was too thin. But there is no denying that Kate's classic English rose beauty shines through. Check out those peepers!
Kate Moss at the Met Ball way back in 1999 9 of 10
Nowadays the Met Ball is the biggest date in any fashionita's diary - but back then it was a smaller affair. This is Kate arriving at the Costume Institute Gala (as it is more formally known) when she was a natural brunette.
Kate and her family 10 of 10
Kate Moss is famed for her partying as much as for her modelling career. Whilst there is no doubt she can still let her hair down, these days Kat is more likely to be seen strolling around her country home in Gloucestershire with her husband rocker Jamie Hince and her beautiful daughter Lila- Grace. here's to another 25 years in the business Kate - you look fabulous!