Early life[ edit ] Moss was born on 16 January  in Croydon , Greater London ,  the daughter of Linda Rosina Shepherd , a barmaid, and Peter Edward Moss, an airline employee, and grew up in the Addiscombe area of the borough. Day discovered Moss when she was a young and unknown and described the pictures as 'dirty realism' or 'grunge'.
A further shoot followed for The Face, by Tony Briggs , entitled "Haute Coiffure",  Moss went on to become the "anti-supermodel" of the s in contrast to the models of the moment,  such as Cindy Crawford , Elle Macpherson , Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell , who were known  for curvaceous and tall figures.
Moss featured in the fashion look heroin chic in  which prompted speculation over her weight with a campaign for Calvin Klein. Bill Clinton spoke out against the trend. It was a swing from more buxom girls like Cindy Crawford and people were shocked to see what they called a 'waif'.
What can you say? How many times can you say 'I'm not anorexic '? Burberry dropped Moss's campaign with them. She was defended by designer Alexander McQueen , who, during his walk-out after a fashion show, wore a T-shirt saying "We love you Kate". She has been on the cover of British Vogue 30 times, shot the inaugural covers for both Russian Vogue with Amber Valletta and Japanese Vogue, in addition to dozens of other international Vogue covers.
W named Moss its muse September issue. Moss designed a collection, with Katy England, for Topshop. A Moss "countdown to launch" board filled a window of the company's Oxford Street store and on 30 April Moss launched the clothing there, briefly appearing in the window modelling a red dress from the collection just before the shop opened. Clothes included skinny jeans , one-shoulder minidresses and T-shirts with K woven into the design.
Moss has represented Mango since However, she dropped out with temporary paralysis of her right arm due to a trapped nerve, and her place was taken by Alexa Chung.
Her first collection with Topshop resulted in a long-lasting relationship with the brand. Arena named her sexiest woman in its th issue. The statue is said to be the largest gold statue to be created since the era of Ancient Egypt. It imagines Moss attempting to pontificate an intellectual platform in the context of epistemology. She has earned awards for style, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America 's fashion influence award and a place on the Vanity Fair international best-dressed list.
In , Moss was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork — the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover — to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life that he most admires. In , Moss played a non-musical role in the British screen comedy Blackadder: Her first one, the original, is named "Kate Moss". The charity was started to provide funding for the education and shelter of Thai children.
The SamandRuby organisation is named after a friend of Moss's, Samantha Archer Fayet, and her 6-month-old daughter Ruby Rose who were killed by the tsunami while visiting Thailand. She ranked as the 99th richest woman in Britain.