Moss roars into her 40s
Kate Moss. Picture: Getty

She has spent more than half her lifetime in the public eye but yesterday marked a particularly special occasion for Kate Moss - her 40th birthday.

First spotted by a modelling scout at an airport aged 14, the British supermodel has gone on to grace thousands of covers and strut countless catwalks since landing her first big photo shoot in fashion magazine The Face.

And although her initial claim to fame was for her unique beauty, when she become renowned for her wide-set eyes and waifish figure, Moss later become notorious for her party lifestyle and string of celebrity beaus, including Johnny Depp and Pete Doherty.

But despite making headlines for all the wrong reasons over the years, Moss boasts a glowing fashion portfolio, having worked with almost every major designer, from Louis Vuitton to Stella McCartney, as well as becoming the face of Rimmel.

Though her professional and personal life are regularly featured in the media, the model has rarely sat down for a candid interview, until recently.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in late 2012, Moss opened up about the toll her work took on her, especially in her early years in the industry.

She revealed how she suffered a nervous breakdown in her teens while working on a campaign for *Calvin Klein *in the early 1990s.

But the Croydon-born catwalk star managed to redeem herself, with her career going from strength to strength.

Earlier this month, she posed for the cover of Playboy, featuring in 18 pages of the January-February issue of the racy magazine, as well as on the cover, to celebrate her birthday.

In 2011, she married rocker Jamie Hince in a star-studded ceremony in a rural Cotswolds village, with former partner Jefferson Hack - the father of her daughter Lila - among the guests.

The West Australian

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