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Happy 40th Birthday, Kate: 10 Classic Kate Moss Covers

Unless you’ve been stuck down a hole for the past few weeks, you’ll know that Kate Moss turns 40 today. To celebrate, contributing writer Natalie Peck looks at a few of La Moss’s best cover looks.

Kate Moss Vogue 1993

Kate Moss is THE Brit fashion icon. Since she was scouted as a teenager at JFK airport, Kate has graced the covers of many beloved titles, often with experimental looks. Now 40 – happy birthday, Kate! – she has defied the relatively short shelf-life of models to push the boat out even more with her more recent shoots – Playboy, anyone? In honour of La Moss, here’s a rundown of some of my favourite Kate cover looks.

Kate Moss The Face & Vogue

The Face (1990) Cover: Corinne Day

It would be crazy to kick off with anything other than Kate’s first definitive cover, shot by Corinne Day for The Face. The look that launched a stellar career showcased her natural beauty and gorgeous crooked grin.

Vogue (2003) Cover: Nick Knight

From one icon to another. Kate posed for one of her regular collaborators, photographer Nick Knight, in this striking homage to Aladdin Sane. The famous zig-zag was digitally added and the faux mullet channelled the electricity of David Bowie’s creation.

Kate Moss W & Tar

W (2012) Cover: Steven Klein

Klein and W’s fashion director Edward Enninful showed off Kate’s darker side into this ‘Good Kate, Bad Kate’ titled shoot. The ethereal and edgy styling shows our favourite supermodel in a different light with glowing skin and bleached out eyebrows and hair.

Tar (2009) Cover: Damien Hirst

Speaking of edgy, world-famous artist Damien Hirst collaborated on this look to portray Kate as an anatomical version of her own face. Look past the  fake muscle – it reminds us of Robbie Williams’ Rock DJ video – and you can see Kate’s glamorous cat-eye and pink lip in place.

Kate Moss Vogue & LOVE

Vogue (2001) Cover: Nick Knight

Kate wore a Giorgio Armani tulle dress topped off with a replica crown to pay tribute to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on this Vogue cover. It was the era of her cropped haircut, where she bucked the trend for long hair and had her own flowing locks chopped into a short boy cut. And looked fabulous as ever.

Love (2013) Cover: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Not afraid of making a splash, Kate posed for Love magazine’s spring issue in the bath for photographing duo Mert et Marcus. Her red hot lip with slicked back, wet-look hair is surprisingly wearable – but you might want to put some clothes on before leaving the house…

Kate Moss Vogue & V With Rihanna

Vogue (2013) Cover: Patrick Demarchelier

This Bardot-inspired beach shoot was Kate’s 32nd(!) cover for British Vogue. The kohl-rimmed lids and beachy, dark-rooted blonde relay Kate’s usual rock chic style with a high-fashion twist.

V (2013) Cover: Mario Testino

Kate posed with Rihanna for this steamy shoot with renowned photographer Mario Testino. Kate commanded the cover as much as the 25-year-old singer, both sporting a smudgy bedroom eye by Charlotte Tilbury, one of our favourite make-up artists.

Kate Moss Vogue 1993 & Playboy

Vogue (1993) Cover: Corinne Day

Kate’s simpler shoots sometimes get pushed to the background, but this look from 1993 is one of our favourites, showcasing her beautiful bone structure. This wide-eyed natural makeup is easily achieved with a hint of peachy blush and a natural gloss.

Playboy (2014) Cover: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Kate caused a stir when her Playboy cover for the magazine’s 60th anniversary was revealed. Never one to shy away from controversy, Kate showed she’s still fabulous at 40 – well, 39 – in the traditional cheesy bunny girl attire.

What’s your favourite La Moss look? Let us know in the comments!

– Natalie P.

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