Kate Moss at 50: A supermodel through the decades

Kate Moss poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Fashion Awards on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 in London.

Kate Moss attends the British Fashion Awards in London last December.

British supermodel Kate Moss turns 50 today — and she remains as much a cultural icon as when she emerged as a breakout star more than three decades ago.

South London born Moss was scouted by a leading model agent at 14, and began appearing in magazines and commercials at 16. As she celebrates her milestone birthday, it’s not hard to see why she is still as revered as one of Vogue’s favorite cover stars.

“She was just this cocky kid from Croydon,” recalled photographer Corinne Day, who captured Moss for her first Vogue cover in March 1993 during an interview with Vogue. “She wasn’t like a model… but I knew she was going to be famous.”

What followed was a meteoric rise to fame, where the waifish, 5-foot-7-inch Moss became the face of the infamous ’90s fashion trend “heroin chic” — a grungy contrast to the glamorous, leggy look popularized by fellow supermodels of the day, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.

Soon, Moss was fronting campaigns for high-end fashion houses including Burberry, Chanel and Calvin Klein.

Throughout her long and storied career she has appeared on more than 40 covers of British Vogue. Though, arguably, it was her off-set appearances that captured the public’s attention as much as her more polished photoshoots. The model’s penchant for vintage clothing and her seemingly effortless ability to put together unique outfits earned her the often-repeated label of “global style icon.”

Moss testifies via video link during the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.
Moss, with her daughter Lila, attends the 2023 Met Gala in New York City.
A portrait of Kate Moss, shot in 1993 by the fashion photographer Corinne Day, picture on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Scroll through the gallery to see more memorable moments from the supermodel's life and career.

A portrait of Kate Moss, shot in 1993 by the fashion photographer Corinne Day, picture on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Scroll through the gallery to see more memorable moments from the supermodel’s life and career.Johnny Green/PA/Getty Images

Kate Moss and her then-boyfriend, the actor Johnny Depp, attend the Golden Globe Awards in 1995.
Moss walks in Versace's Spring-Summer 1996 Haute Couture collection in Paris.
Moss (fourth from left) models during the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 1998 collection in Paris.
Moss poses with fashion designer Donatella Versace and fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell at a Versace and De Beers fashion show in 1999.
Moss and her then-boyfriend Pete Doherty are seen on the third day of the Glastonbury Music Festival in 2005.
A hologram of Kate Moss is displayed during Alexander McQueen's Fall-Winter 2006 runway show.
Six portraits of Moss, printed by the British street artist Banksy in the style of Andy Warhol's famed images of Marilyn Monroe, are displayed at Bonham's auction house ahead of a 2009 sale.
Moss and fashion designer Marc Jacobs attend the 2009 Met Gala in New York City.
Moss attends a private view of the London photography exhibition "Mario Testino: Kate Who?" in 2010.
Kate Moss and Jamie Hince pose with bridesmaids after getting married on July 1, 2011 in Southrop, England.
The British models (from left) Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Karen Elson, Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and David Gandy walk a runway during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Moss arrives for a screening of the movie "Loving" at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Moss poses with fashion designer Stella McCartney at the London premiere of "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" in 2016.
Moss walks the runway during Louis Vuitton's Fall-Winter menswear 2018 show in Paris.
Moss and her daughter Lila (third and fourth from left, respectively) attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England, in 2018.
Moss poses on the runway during Fendi's Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture show in Paris.
From left: Amber Valletta and Moss walks the runway at a Versace show during Milan Fashion Week in September 2021.
Moss testifies via video link during the Depp vs. Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2022. Actor Johnny Depp sued ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse.
Moss, with her daughter Lila, attends the 2023 Met Gala in New York City.
A portrait of Kate Moss, shot in 1993 by the fashion photographer Corinne Day, picture on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Scroll through the gallery to see more memorable moments from the supermodel's life and career.
Kate Moss and her then-boyfriend, the actor Johnny Depp, attend the Golden Globe Awards in 1995.
Memorable moments from supermodel Kate Moss’ career in fashion — and beyond

Even appearances at the UK’s rain-soaked Glastonbury festival started trends — her ability to make knee-high muddy rain boots work with ultra-short denim cut-offs spawned an ongoing, decades-long “festival dressing” trend before “going viral” online was even possible.

Legendary photographer David Bailey, who has taken some of the most iconic shots of Moss, previously explained to CNN why she is so successful: “Kate has a unique beauty that is totally democratic and has a universal appeal.”

Moss’ life has long been the subject of tabloid speculation. In addition to high-profile romances with Johnny Depp, magazine editor Jefferson Hack and The Libertines front man Pete Doherty, her alleged drug use was widely reported by the British media in 2005, leading her to lose lucrative modelling contracts with Burberry, Chanel and H&M.

She later issued a public apology and, that fall, voluntarily entered a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. (“I felt sick and was quite angry, because everybody I knew took drugs,” she recalled to the BBC in a rare radio interview in 2022. “So for them to focus on me, and to try to take my daughter away, I thought was really hypocritical.”)

Moss later went on to climb Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid models. Since officially retiring from the runway in 2004, she has set up her own modeling agency, as well as her own wellness brand, Cosmoss.

She has been immortalized in gold by Marc Quinn, in what the artist claimed was the largest gold statue since Ancient Egypt, and painted by Lucian Freud. She has even appeared in music videos for the likes of Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Primal Scream, The White Stripes and Elton John, helping secure her place in pop culture history.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the most memorable moment’s from Kate Moss’ life and career.https://nutriapel.com/

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