There's a photograph of Kate Moss, taken by Bruce Weber for Vogue in 2006, that shows the model holding herself up on a dock, her polka-dot dress trailing behind her in the water and her heeled booties kicked up in the air. I remember seeing this image a decade ago, struck by the serene beauty of the setting, only to look closer and see so much more: She's ruining her dress; a tough, DGAF expression flickers across her face; but she's somehow as much a part of the scene as she is disturbing it. And that, to me, is Kate Moss: enigmatic, rule-breaking, wave-making, even a little chaotic. But her place in the industry—and as an icon—is seamless. Solid.
Just by observing her fashion and beauty choices, you can see how aware Moss is of her own versatility and agelessness—or maybe it's that she simply doesn't care. (Probably the latter, come to think of it.) She looks as comfortable with no makeup as she does in a smouldering smoky eye, not to mention the Bowie-inspired, glittery star that adorned her face on her 34th birthday eight years ago. While other celeb hair and makeup looks that hit the red carpet are predictably beautiful, many of them are also predictably the same (or at least variations of the same). We need more glittery stars. We need a beauty idol like Kate Moss.
So in honour of what's sure to be another year of toying with the norm, we're counting down a few of the reasons the model will always be an icon to us.
With her decades-long body of work, we could seriously spend hours perusing the Kate Moss archives for beauty inspiration—especially this iconic shoot with Corinne Day for The Face, photographed in 1990. Then came those controversial Calvin Klein denim ads, and the rest is history.
Moss has been caught channeling doppelgänger Brigitte Bardot more than a few times. (This 2010 fragrance launch was one of them.)
Her pixie was lovely, if a little short-lived. (Give it another go?)
When did everyone start pouting on the red carpet? You're wearing diamonds—smile! Laugh! And wear an opulent updo to match. Moss did it all at party planner Fran Cutler's birthday party in 2013.
The minimal makeup and cool-girl tousle has since become the unofficial uniform of catwalkers off the clock. (She owns it here in 2006.)
Moss rang in her 30th with disco curls—the only way to do it, really.
This look at Moss's 34th will remain forever etched in our memory as the only way to let the world know you're the birthday girl. Copy it by going nuts with Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £14.
At Stella McCartney's Fall/Winter 2012 runway presentaion, that bone structure speaks for itself.
Here's to many more years of being a beauty boss.
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