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Kate Moss turns 40

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Trend-setter, art muse, and national icon – in 25 years, Kate Moss has catapulted from the 14-year-old girl from Croydon scouted at JFK airport to one of the most influential British models of all time. And on her 40th birthday she's still turning heads. In celebration of this, we remember the moments that define her brilliance, whether it's standing in a Topshop window, posing for a portrait by Lucian Freud, or reading 50 Shades of Grey to the nation on a breakfast show.

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  • Landing on the front cover

    At the age of fifteen, Kate Moss appeared in the July 1990 issue of The Face in a photoshoot shot by Corinne Day. It was the fashion spread to launch her career and also the first of many magazine covers to come.

  • Joining the supermodel group

    Her 'waif' appearance took the fashion world by storm as a stark contrast to the Amazonian supermodels of the 1980s, including Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Linda Evangelista. She went straight to the top among the likes of Naomi Campbell.

  • Signing with Calvin Klein

    At 18, she became the face of Calvin Klein, most famously fronting a campaign with Mark Wahlberg and becoming the face of the perfume Obsession, which set the bar for fragrance launches to come.

  • Dating Johnny Depp

    Kate Moss became the darling of Hollywood as she dated Johnny Depp from 1994 to 1998.

  • Taking the chop

    Today, we all know Kate Moss as a hair chameleon, but in 2001 she transformed her look for the first time with this 'pixie' cut.

  • Being painted by Lucian Freud

    Kate Moss was immortalised in a portrait by Lucian Freud in 2002, while she was pregnant with her daughter Lila Grace. In 2012, she revealed that Lucian Freud inked a tattoo of two tiny swallows at the base of her spine, which is estimated to be worth more than £1million.

  • Introducing Festival Chic

    A waistcoat, crucifix and denim shorts at Glastonbury in 2005 sparked a thousand copycat festival outfits.

  • Popularising grey skinny jeans

    Within a few months of the launch of skinny jeans brand Superfine in 2003, Kate Moss made these the jeans of our generation.

  • Saving a fashion house

    Burberry was a dated British brand in the 1990s. The company relaunched itself with a huge campaign starring Kate Moss.

  • Throwing grand parties

    She celebrated her 30th birthday with a star-studded bash called the 'Beautiful and the Damned' at Sam Taylor Wood’s house, where the likes of Tracey Emin, Naomi Campbell and Stella McCartney attended.

  • Becoming a fashion icon

    In 2005, Kate Moss was awarded the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, which has also been awarded to Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga.

  • Making a comeback

    After the cocaine controversy in 2005, where Kate Moss was pictured snorting what appeared to be cocaine, the model publicly apologised and Alexander McQueen ran out at the finale of his spring 2006 show wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the message: WE LOVE YOU KATE.

  • Moving the fashion crowd

    At the next Alexander McQueen show, Kate Moss appeared as a billowing hologram floating in the air. It's considered to be one of the brand's most iconic shows.

  • Nailing an acting stint

    In 2006, Kate Moss convincingly worked a blue tracksuit top and trainers in her theatrical debut as Katie Pollard, sister of Vicky Pollard, in a special Comic Relief performance of Little Britain.

  • Standing in a Topshop window

    "It’s no exaggeration to say that British high street retailers have Kate to thank for their internationally renowned reputation for being cool and edgy," said Chrissy Fitzgerald, Head of Commercial at ShopStyle. And it was in 2007 that she first collaborated with Topshop, famously modeling a red dress from the sell-out collection in the flagship store's window on Oxford Street.

  • Working a torn dress

    Kate Moss wore this Christian Dior down at the a V&A Gala in 2007, only for it to be stepped on and ripped by Courtney Love. She continued to wear it at a cropped length for the rest of the night.

  • Channeling a Modern-day Aphrodite

    In 2008, artist Marc Quinn - known for the statue of Alison Lapper, a pregnant disabled woman, which was installed on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth in 2005 - created 'Siren', a sculpture of Kate Moss made entirely out of gold. The piece was named after a marine seductresses in Greek mythology who transfixes the viewer with her intense gaze. It's currently on show at the British Museum.

  • Getting married

    She married The Kills guitarist and her boyfriend of four years Jamie Hince in 2011 at a village church in the Cotswolds, with 16 bridesmaids and dressed in a custom-made gown by John Galliano.

  • Collaborating in beauty

    After a long stint as ambassador for Rimmel London, Kate Moss finally created her self-titled lip collection with the brand in 2011.

  • Starring in the Olympics

    Kate Moss shined at the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in August 2012.

  • Releasing 'The Kate Moss Book'

    She lives by the motto, 'Never complain, and never explain,' and so it was big news when the model released a highly personal retrospective of her career alongside an interview in Vanity Fair in November 2012. For the first time she revealed how uncomfortable she felt posing nude at the start of her career.

  • Owning the catwalk

    Despite her 5ft 7" frame, Moss has been a star of the catwalk throughout her career, from snacking on a Magnum while walking topless at a Vivienne Westwood's 'Erotic Zone' show in 1995 to working a black bob at Louis Vuitton's show in 2013.

  • Reading '50 Shades of Grey' to the British public

    To raise money for Comic Relief, Kate Moss agreed to speak on Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw's morning breakfast show if £200,000 could be raised. Of course, not only did she talk, she read an extract from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

  • Reinventing herself as the face of holidays

    No-one does holiday glamour like the supermodel who relaunched herself, yet again, as the new face (and body) of St Tropez in 2013.

  • Receiving a prestigious accolade

    To commemorate 25 years of her career, the British Fashion Council awarded her a Special Recognition award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards.

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