Kate Moss is 50! What the queen of "heroin chic" and the most scandalous supermodel of the twentieth century looks like today
On January 16, 2024, the famous British supermodel Kate Moss celebrates her 50th birthday. Having started her career more than 30 years ago, the star became associated with the so-called "heroin chic" aesthetic, as well as with the title of the most scandalous person in the fashion world of the XX century.
Undoubtedly, Moss has come a long way, with ups and downs, but the fame of the "party girl" is still with her to this day. In honor of the celebrity's anniversary, OBOZ.UA has compiled a selection of facts about the supermodel that you might not know.
A modeling agency spotted her at the airport
Future stars of the fashion industry are found everywhere: in shopping centers, at parties, and even on the streets. For her part, Kate Moss boasts an original story. In 1988, the 14-year-old girl was spotted at the airport by the founder of the Storm modeling agency, Sarah Dukas. Who knew that in 20 years she would be included in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and become one of the highest paid models of the 90s and 2000s.
Kate Moss became an icon of so-called "heroin chic" because of her appearance. This aesthetic was characterized by thinness, tired eyes, and pale skin, as it was closely associated with the popularity of drugs in the 90s.
The model's photo shoot for the Calvin Klein brand became a landmark. Even the then US President Bill Clinton reacted to it, speaking out against the trend. "It was just the time. It was a transition from more full-breasted girls like Cindy Crawford, and people were shocked," Moss once said.
The most scandalous model of the XX century
The star received this status in 2005 after being accused of using illegal substances. Back then, the Daily Mirror published photos and videos of Moss taking cocaine. The footage spread across the media and caused a lot of controversy. Subsequently, H&M, Burberry, and Chanel dropped Kate. But this did not last long, because very soon she again graced the covers of fashion magazines, earning millions of dollars.
Since becoming a star at the age of 16, Moss has been engaged three times and married once. The most famous of the model's gentlemen is the actor Johnny Depp. They met when she was 20 and he was 31. Having met for the first time in a fashionable New York establishment, the celebrities fell in love with each other at first sight. "From the first moment we spoke, I knew we would be together," Kate once said. Then, after a stormy romance and engagement rumors, the couple broke up in 1997.
Moss's daughter is a model
It is no surprise that Leela Moss, Kate's daughter, followed in her mother's footsteps by choosing a career in modeling. Her father is Jefferson Heck, creative director and co-founder of Dazed Media. Heck reportedly met Kate Moss during an interview for Dazed & Confused magazine in 1999, and they were romantically involved for the next four years.
Moss gave birth to a daughter at the age of 27. Now Lily is 21 years old. The girl first made a name for herself at the age of 14, exactly the same age as her mother. In the following years, the British modeling career gained momentum: she became the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty at the age of 16.
In 2023, the young star made her debut on the catwalk of Paris Fashion Week, opening the Miu Miu show. Since then, Leela Moss has modeled for many high-end brands.