Happy 50th, Kate Moss! The rise of a British style queen in pictures

Style icon, one of Vogue’s most prolific cover stars, Queen of Cool – Kate Moss has been one of the world’s most ubiquitous supermodels ever since she was famously scouted at New York’s JKF Airport at the age of 14.

She was the woman responsible for the skinny jeans that dominated young women’s wardrobes in the noughties, for the queues outside London’s “Big Topshop” (RIP) thanks to her coveted collaboration with the high street chain, and for single-handedly catapulting bare legs and muddy wellies back into the upper echelons of festival fashion.

Now, as Kate Moss celebrates her 50th birthday on 16 January, what better way to mark the cultural impact of one of the most photographed women in the world than with a look-back at her life in pictures.

Image: Moss became BFFs with fellow British star Naomi Campbell, turning the so-called ‘Big Five’ most bankable supermodels of the era into the ‘Big Six’. Here they are pictured at the London Fashion Awards in 1993
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss pictured in New York in 1994. Pic: John Barrett/MediaPunch/IPX
Image: The model’s relationship with Hollywood star Johnny Depp in the 1990s kickstarted the world’s fascination with her love life. Pic: John Barrett/MediaPunch/IPX
Supermodel Kate Moss models a dress from the collection by Stella McCartney, a student at Central St. Martins School of Art June 12. McCartney, the daughter of pop-stars -Paul and -Linda McCartney, presented a collection at the Business Design Centre as part of her BA degree in fashion
Image: When Stella McCartney was a fashion student at Central St Martin’s, having a friend who happened to be one of the most famous models in the world must have helped when it came to presenting her degree collection
Supermodel Kate Moss (R) is surrounded by photographers outside Calvin Klein's first dedicated designer store for Hong Kong September 5. Moss, who models regularly for the designer and features in most of the company's advertising campaigns, flew in especially to mark the occasion.
Image: Moss became famous for modelling for Calvin Klein, most notably with the now Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg – known to most as ‘Marky Mark’ (of Funky Bunch fame) back then. Here she is surrounded by paps at the opening of a Calvin Klein store
British super model Kate Moss speaks from the podium during the 1996 VH-1 fashion awards in New York City October 24. Moss received an award (front) for Female Model of the Year award.
Image: Moss was named female model of the year at the 1996 VH-1 fashion awards. She had become known for her slight frame, dubbed ‘heroin chic’, in comparison with the taller, more curvaceous supers of the time such as Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson
British supermodel Kate Moss poses for photographers on the steps of the British Museum, to launch London fashion week September 25. Designers from around the world will be presenting their collections for spring and summer 1998 on 55 catwalk shows and numerous exhibition stands.
Image: 1997 was peak Cool Britannia thanks to Tony Blair’s landslide general election win. First we had Geri Halliwell in her Brits Union Jack tea-towel dress, then Moss served her own tribute to launch London Fashion Week. Things could only get better…
British models Kate Moss (L) and Jade Jagger wait to walk down the catwalk wearing clothes by designer Matthew Williamson, September 26. The show was the first by Williamson at London Fashion Week, and Moss and Jagger waived their modelling fees in return for being allowed to keep the clothes they were wearing. BRITAIN FASHION
Image: Sitting with fellow model Jade Jagger, Moss is pictured waiting to walk down the catwalk for Matthew Williamson – the pair reportedly waived their fees in order to keep their outfits…
Italian designer Donatella Versace (C) acknowledges the applause with supermodel Naomi Campbell (L) and Kate Moss at the end of Gianni Versace's collection at the Spring/Summer 99 fashion show in Milan in 1998
Image: Another day, another catwalk: A pink-haired Moss joined forces with Campbell once again for Italian designer Donatella Versace (centre), for Gianni Versace’s Spring/Summer 99 collection show in Milan in 1998
Models Kate Moss (L) and Claudia Schiffer (R) pictured at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998
Image: On the red carpet with fellow super Claudia Schiffer at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998
Designer Julien MacDonald is joined by models Kate Moss (left) and Scary Spice Mel B after a catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week, at the Camden Roundhouse
Image: Another catwalk, this time for designer Julien MacDonald (centre), walking with stars including Scary Spice Mel B at Camden Roundhouse as part of London Fashion Week in 1999. Spoiler alert: more catwalk pics to come
Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace (centre) alongside British models Kate Moss (left) and Naomi Campbell in 1999
Image: Another Moss/ Versace/ Campbell reunion in 1999
British supermodel Kate Moss wears an evening dress as part of Gucci Spring/Summer ready-to-wear women's collection 2001 in Milan October 3, 2000. The Milan fashion shows will run until October 6.
Image: As well as her outfits and relationships, the world has also been obsessed with Moss’s hair. Here she is pulling off a much shorter, more severe do on a Gucci catwalk in Milan in 2000
Model Naomi Campbell, former South African president Nelson Mandela, and behind (L-R) models Erin O'Connor, Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson pictured ahead of a media conference in Barcelona June 30, 2001
Image: Then came the elfin crop, debuted here alongside former South African president Nelson Mandela and behind fellow supers Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor and Elle Macpherson in 2001
British model Kate Moss wears clothes from Sadie Frost and Jemima French who design under the label Frostfrench during their show in the Duke of York Theatre on the first day of London Fashion Week, February 17, 2002
Image: Moss modelled for pal Sadie Frost for FrostFrench, the label created by Frost and Jemima French, during London Fashion Week in 2002. At this time, she was pregnant with Lila Grace, her daughter with her ex Jefferson Hack, a journalist
British supermodel Kate Moss walks through the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, June 28, 2003. Around 150,000 people are expected to attend the three-day music event, famed for its mud, drugs, and mad antics. REUTERS/Toby Melville TM/MD
Image: You could create a gallery dedicated to Moss’s Glastonbury looks alone. Here she is looking effortlessly cool in what appears to be her first photographed attendance in 2003
Britain's Queen Elizabeth (C) talks to British model Kate Moss (L), author J K Rowling (2L), landmine campaigner Heather Mills-McCartney (2R) and singer Charlotte Church (R) at a reception for women achievers at Buckingham Palace in London, March 11, 2004. REUTERS/POOL/Kent Gavin PP04030052 ASA/JV
Image: The Queen of Fashion matches the actual Queen in royal blue, at a reception for women achievers held at Buckingham Palace in 2004. Also pictured but not matching the Queen are JK Rowling, Heather Mills and Charlotte Church
A man hangs a portrait of Kate Moss by artist Sam Taylor Wood at Christie's auction house in London in May 2005. President and founder of Jimmy Choo shoes, Tamara Mellon, unveiled a series of nude portraits of women including Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham wearing nothing but Jimmy Choo shoes and Cartier jewellery, to raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation
Image: Immortalised by artist Sam Taylor Wood in Jimmy Choos and Cartier jewellery only. This was one of a series of nude portraits – also including Victoria Beckham – auctioned at Christie’s to raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty at Glastonbury, June 2005. Pic: Anna Barclay/Shutterstock
Image: Glastonbury has hosted headliners from Elton John to Beyonce – but this from 2005, of Moss in a gold mini-dress and wellies, with then boyfriend Pete Doherty, will always be one of the festival’s most famous images. Pic: Anna Barclay/Shutterstock
Man waits at a bus stop in front of an advertising poster featuring British supermodel Kate Moss in central London REUTERS/Toby Melville
Image: Moss has been the face of many brands over the years, including Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. See also: Calvin Klein, Rimmel – get the London look – and even Diet Coke
British fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the end of his Spring/Summer 2006 collection in Paris, Oct 7 2005. His shirt logo refers to Kate Moss after photos her apparently snorting cocaine in a London music studio were published in the Daily Mirror. Soon after she lost contracts with H&M, Burberry and Chanel. Pic: AP/Remy de la Mauviniere
Image: In 2005, she was dropped by some brands after photos of her apparently taking cocaine were published in the Daily Mirror. Designer Alexander McQueen came out in support of the model with this T-shirt at one of his catwalk shows a few weeks later
A holographic image of Kate Moss floats in yards of rippling fabric at the presentation of the Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2006/2007 ready-to-wear collection in Paris March 3, 2006. British designer McQueen had an image of the supermodel emerge out of smoke in a holographic installation at his ready-to-wear show on Friday, paying tribute to Moss, who lost advertising contracts after a cocaine scandal last year. Picture taken March 3, 2006. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Image: In recent years, several stars who have died have been brought back to life through holograms. Kate Moss, though, is a woman so famous she gets one while she is alive – this was at an Alexander McQueen show in Paris in 2006
Model Kate Moss arrives at the Unique fashion show by Topshop in London September 17, 2006. One of the main backers of London Fashion Week on Sunday rejected British government calls for a ban on wafer-thin models as the fashion industry faced a furore over its catwalks. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (BRITAIN)
Image: Moss pictured at the Unique fashion show by Topshop in London in September 2006. We smell a collab coming on…
An woman looks at "Marilyn 29" (L) by artist Andy Warhol and "Kate Moss (Black)" and "Kate Moss (Yellow)" by Banksy, part of the exhibition Warhol vs Banksy at The Hospital in Covent Garden, London, August 9, 2007. It is the first joint exhibition of the two artists and runs until September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
Image: Moss has been the subject of many works of art over the years, including by Banksy – who immortalised the model Andy Warhol-style
Model Kate Moss and boyfriend Jamie Hince leave after his band The Kills played at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 in Somerset in southwest England June 27, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
Image: After her split with Doherty, Moss went on to date Jamie Hince of The Kills. Here they are pictured after the band’s performance at Glastonbury in 2008
British model Kate Moss arrives with Jaime Winstone to watch her boyfriend Jamie Hince play with the The Kills on stage at Glastonbury Music Festival, Glastonbury, England, Saturday, June 25, 2011. More than 170,000 ticket-holders have arrived at Worthy Farm for the 41st festival. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Image: More Glastonbury, this time pictured with burglar-inspired onesie-wearer Jaime Winstone in 2011, when The Kills were playing once again
Model Kate Moss accepts the British Male Solo Artist award on behalf of David Bowie as musician Noel Gallagher looks on at the BRIT Awards in 2014
Image: In 2014, Moss accepted a Brit award on behalf of her friend David Bowie, with the prize presented by Noel Gallagher. The singer wanted someone who could pull off his famous Ziggy Stardust playsuit – there could only be one choice
Models Cara Delevingne (L) and Kate Moss arrive to attend the presentation of the Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: FASHION ENTERTAINMENT)
Image: Moss, an icon of British modelling, pictured with the then up-and-coming Cara Delevingne at the presentation of a Burberry Spring/Summer collection in 2014. Delevingne later credited Moss with helping her at the start of her career
A costume worn by model Kate Moss for the 2013 photograph "Body Armour" is displayed next to a copy of the image at a press viewing of the artist's exhibition "Allen Jones RA" at the Royal Academy of Arts in London November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Image: Another iconic look – this one is a costume worn by Moss for the 2013 photograph Body Armour, by pop artist Allen Jones, displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2014
Kate Moss during the filming of a music video for 'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'
Image: The model channelled the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll when she starred in a specially filmed music video for The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley, wearing four of his most famous looks – including the black leather suit from his 1968 Comeback Special
Stella McCartney (L) and Kate Moss arrive for the world premiere of "Absolutely Fabulous" at Leicester Square in London, Britain June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
Image: Moss has starred as herself in several TV shows and films, most notably the big screen debut of Absolutely Fabulous in 2016. She reportedly performed her own stunts, falling off a wall into the Thames. Pal Stella McCartney also co-starred as herself
A bust of Kate Moss in solid 18-carat gold by Marc Quinn on show as part of the forthcoming Midas Touch auction, dedicated entirely to gold, Sotheby's, London
Image: Another Moss artwork, this one a solid 18-carat gold bust by Marc Quinn which was shown as part of the Midas Touch auction, dedicated entirely to gold, at Sotheby’s in London in 2018
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - Camp: Notes on Fashion - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - May 6, 2019 - Rita Ora, Marc Jacobs, and Kate Moss. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Image: Another pic with friend Rita Ora, this one at the Met Gala with designer Marc Jacobs in 2019. The theme? Camp: Notes on Fashion
Kate Moss and Patsy Kensit take part in a parade during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, marking the end of the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Image: With open-top buses representing different decades touring London for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2022, it was Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell leading the 1990s party bus that we all wanted to see (apologies to Sir Cliff and Gary Lineker)
Kate Moss, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker attend the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2022 collection presentation at the Skyline Drive-In during New York Fashion Week in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., September 11, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Image: Kate Moss was enlisted to model for Kim Kardashian’s Skims in 2021. Sadly, Sky News’ Moss 50th pic budget doesn’t stretch to those images, so here she is keeping up with Kourtney Kardashian and husband Travis Barker at New York Fashion Week in 2022
Kate Moss, right, and Nikolai von Bismarck arrive for the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection presented Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 in Paris. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Image: Moss has been in a relationship with Count Nikolai von Bismarck for several years. Here, they are pictured at a Saint Laurent show in Paris in 2022. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Lila Grace Moss and Kate Moss at the Met Gala in 2023. Pic: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx/AP
Image: Imagine having a mum who takes you to the Met Gala? Pic: DPRF/STAR MAX/IPx/AP
Pic: Tim Walker / British Vogue
Image: And makes you her Vogue wing-woman? Pic: Tim Walker/British Vogue
Kate Moss attends The Albies hosted by the Clooney Foundation for Justice at the New York Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Image: Happy birthday, Kate Moss! Thanks for your service. Pic: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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