Kate Moss is one of a kind. A tall, willowy blonde with a trademark look—her gaunt look in the 90s made her the subject of fame and criticism—she’s one of the highest-paid, most in-demand models in the world, and for very, very good reason.
Scouted at 14 in an airport and made famous by photographer Corrine Day, London-born Kate made her debut in an issue of The Face in an instantly quintessential set of black-and-whites that vaulted her to the height of the fashion world as an “anti-supermodel,” one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and W’s resident muse. She’s been on the cover of hundreds of magazines—and hundreds of tabloids, too—and whether for wearing fur, dating Pete Doherty, or heading a one-woman, multi-million-dollar empire, Kate is never far from the front page.
In 1993, Kate appeared in tank tops and underwear in an ad for Calvin Klein. She was far skinner than the curvaceous other models popular at the time, and people noticed. Even then-President Bill Clinton warned young women to avoid this so-called “heroin-chic” look. Kate insisted it was just who she was. “How many times can you say, ‘I’m not anorexic?’” she said at the time.
Other scandals quickly followed. Her hard-partying, drug-fueled lifestyle made Kate the bad girl of the modeling industry (H&M even dropped her from a campaign, and Chanel chose not to renew her).
She brushed it all off, until releasing a statement in 2005 apologizing for her behavior. “I want to apologize to all of the people I have let down because of my behaviour, which has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates, and others,” she said. “I am trying to be positive, and the support and love I have received are invaluable.”
Drug-related charges against Kate were dropped, contracts picked back up, and Playboy picked her as its 60th anniversary cover girl in December 2013. In the iconic bunny ears, fluffy tail, and black bow tie, Kate looked striking on the cover—and photo frames that created a striptease graced the pictorial.
Kate-designed merchandise, including two Topshop collections and a Longchamp handbag, have been bestsellers, and even just the things she’s spotted wearing have made them wildly popular: cutoff jean shorts, Ugg boots, skinny jeans, skull scarves, and more.
Kate has dated The Libertines rock band member Pete Doherty, Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack (with whom she has a daughter), and married The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince in 2011.