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Kate Moss by Mario Testino
© Mario Testino
Loaned by The National Portrait Gallery, London

Biography: Kate Moss

Undoubtedly Croydon’s sexiest export, Kate Moss was born in 1974 and has become one of the biggest international style icons and supermodels ever.

Kate was spotted at JFK airport in 1988 and was strutting her stuff on catwalks by the age of 15. By 18 she was the face of Calvin Klein.

Infamous for her party-going antics and wayward boyfriend Pete Doherty, Kate is regular tabloid fodder.

Most Renowned For

The world gasped when the Daily Mirror splashed pictures of Moss allegedly snorting cocaine in 2005. Dropped like a hotcake within days by Chanel, Burberry, H&M and others, Kate’s career seemed truly over.

Yet with a band of celebrity supporters Kate made a colossal comeback. Twelve months on she has snagged 18 top modelling contracts and has been crowned Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

Cultural Impact

No one else in Britain today influences style as much as Kate Moss. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue well over 20 times, she pretty much invented the waif look and she effortlessly sets every summer’s festival trend. Hot pants and wellies anyone?

In Her Own Words

Pretty much silent until that recent ad: "I’m just making a cup of tea". How quintessentially British is that?

Pub Quiz Trivia

Kate made an appearance as Maid Marian in Blackadder for a Comic Relief special.
James Brown
My greatest living British icon is Kate Moss because she is endurable, nobody can stop her. She's very good at what she does, she’s sexy, she has a dark side. She started out as a model like twiggy and has ended up like Keith Richards.

James Brown


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