Happy birthday, Kate Moss!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Kate Moss turned 39 today!

The English model, who was born and raised in London, was 14 when the founder of Storm Model Management Sarah Doukas discovered her in JFK Airport, right after a holiday in the Bahamas with her family.

Moss rose to fame in the 1990s when famed British photographer Corinne Day captured her image for magazine The Face when she was 16, in a photo shoot entitled, "The 3rd Summer Love," and again in 1993 as a Vogue cover model.

The legendary model earned titles as of one of the sexiest women in the world by numerous magazines, such as Maxim magazine as number 9 out of 50, and FHM as number 22 out of 100.

Other than runway modeling, Moss had been diligently putting herself under the spotlight by appearing in music videos, movies, such as the British screen comedy Blackadder: Back & Forth, and became subject of a portrait by contemporary artists Lucian Freud and Chuck Close.

Moss has done quite a lot of charity work as a supporter of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity. She said, "I am happy to give my support to help fund crucial research, as so many lives are affected by this terrible disease."

She gave a lot of support for Thai children in poverty, helping them in education, shelter and provision.

Moss went through numerous ups and downs in her career - she was once caught snorting drugs in a photograph, where she lost some of her major modeling contracts including Chanel and H&M's £4 million a year contract.

She went through drug rehabilitation, and successfully made it to the end.



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