On January 16, 2014, Dazed & Confused released a photoshoot starring a 16-year-old named Lottie Moss. So far, so unexceptional – another set of pictures, another slight-featured face framed by dirty-blonde hair. But the timing was deliberate. Because the date also marked the 40th birthday of Lottie’s half-sister Kate: a woman who, for 25 of those 40 years, has been modelling’s undisputed queen.
Fashion is fickle, and faces fall in and out of favour with the seasons, but of all the greats of her era, Kate Moss is the one who’s endured. She’s fronted every label from Balmain to Yves Saint Laurent, and notched up countless appearances on the cover of Vogue. Immortalised by the greatest photographers and artists of the century, she’s still also happy to spoof herself on TV shows such as Blackadder and Absolutely Fabulous. Like Twiggy before her, she combines startling beauty and girl-next-door relatability. And like Twiggy, she only needs one name: Kate.