HBD KATE MOSS: REASONS WHY THERE’S ONLY ONE
Believe it or not, fashion icon Kate Moss turns 41 today. The British model was discovered in ’88 by the founder of Storm Model Management when she was 14 at JFK airport in New York, which is more than we can say for ourselves whenever we travel. Her career soared in the 90s when Moss became known for her heroin chic waif-look that became the staple for models in of era. In light of her birthday, we’re giving you five of many reasons why we love her (in no particular order)…further proof that there is only one Kate in London (or the world for that matter).
1. She’s a badass music video muse.
Everyone knows about her videos for The White Stripes and Primal Scream, where she’s depicted as a sexy, lingerie wearing temptress. But did you know that she’s been in videos for hailed musical gods like Elton John, Paul McCartney, and even Johnny Cash? In McCartney’s "Queenie Eye" video, Moss takes the (top of the piano) stage and lets her freak flag fly. She dances in the center of a crowded music studio and is joined by other dancing celebs like Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. Girl gets around.
2. McQueen made her into a holographic angel.
Alexander McQueen closed his fall/winter 2006 ready-to-wear collection with a Kate Moss hologram. Though Moss was in the midst of drug scandals at the time, McQueen paid her homage nonetheless. You see her floating in the darkness with white organza ruffles and pale hair bellowing in the wind. And more, her wafting apparition is set to the theme of Schindler’s List. (I know, right.)
3. She smokes and struts like it’s no one’s business.
After three years of being off the catwalk, Kate made a comeback Marc Jacobs’ fall/winter 2011-12 show for Louis Vuitton. Kate closed the show wearing all black with a lace jacket, hot shorts, and crocodile boots – and while all of the other models carried a bag for an accessory, Kate struts her stuff down the checkered catwalk puffing on a cigarette like it’s no one’s business.
4. She’s funny!
Kate Moss has appeared in cameo roles for Little Britain and even BBC Comedy’s Comic Relief. In Little Britain Moss walks out with "twin sister" Vicki Pollard, played by Matt Lucas, both carrying a six-kid stroller. Kate admits that she’s the "easy sister" while Vicki is the "pretty one" — "I’m a total slag, I’ll give you a gob job for a packet a’ quaffers." Moss is a sport for letting her model guard down to gain a few laughs.
5. She has a statue made of solid gold.
“Siren” as artist Marc Quinn calls it, is a statue of Kate Moss made of 18 carat gold. Moss is depicted doing yoga, with legs behind her head and all. The statue was revealed at the British Museum and weighing 50kg, is the largest gold statue since Ancient Egypt. Kate Moss is immortalized – doing yoga.