The British Fashion Council considers home-grown model Kate Moss to be much more than just a hard-working clotheshorse; she's a continued influence on the industry and a style icon, so in honour of this she will be presented with the Special Recognition Award at next week's British Fashion Awards.
"Kate Moss has made many people dream. And not only people that look at fashion but those that create it as well," explains her long-time co-collaborator, photographer Mario Testino.
The 39-year-old Croydonian was scouted aged just 14 by Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas at JFK airport in New York, and with her waifish figure, was pitched as the antithesis of the glamorous, athletic Supermodels such as Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.
Her friend Donatella Versace sums up her enduring appeal by saying: "From the very beginning Kate was iconic; she never had to become a model. She has the same energy, the same seduction and the same wit - infront of the camera and with everyone, I love you Kate!"
London-based Moss has graced 34 British Vogue covers alone and is set to be the cover star of the next issue of Playboy. As well as starring in ad campaigns for dozens of brands from Calvin Klein to Gucci, she's designed a collection for Longchamp and is renewing her collaboration with high street chain Topshop next spring.
Moss was crowned model of the year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and in 2009 took home the 'London 25' award in recognition of an individual who embodies the spirit of London and British fashion.
This year's ceremony, which will be staged at the London Colliseum on Monday, December 2, will also celebrate the best designer, model and brand of the year. You can read the full list of nominees here. Tickets are still available for the event.