Kate Moss doesn’t need a crown and scepter to be seen as a Queen in our book. The iconic supermodel has earned the title of “Queen Kate” simply by being well, Kate: a.k.a impossibly beautiful, alluring and beyond stylish! But in case there was ever any doubt as to the model’s superior stature, this new title ought to settle it once and for all.
British Vogue’s December 2001 cover starring Kate has been shortlistted by the Professional Publisher’s Association for the coveted title of ‘Cover of the Century,’ in turn naming Moss the leading cover girl of the past 100 years. And oh, what a cover it is! Shot by Nick Knight, the glossy issue entitled ‘A Royal Salute,’ featured the fashion icon dressed to the nines in an embellished ruby red tulle dress by Giorgio Armani and adorned with a replica Coronation crown and scepter— appropriate, no? The cover was intended “to fuse fashion with symbols of power in the lead up to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee the following year,” said Vogue UK, but clearly it has achieved much more since then. On top of being Kate’s 15th cover for the glossy at the time, the image is also one the supermodel’s most memorable, not to mention a favorite among the Modelinia editors!
Of course, Kate will see some competition from fellow fashion mags Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, whose vintage 1972 (it’s first ever issue) and 1941 covers are also up for consideration. The PPA will hold an open vote from now until September 30th— vote here!— giving the public the final say on who the winner of the prestigious title will be when it is announced on November 21, 2013. Although all viable options, we’d like to think this one is a no brainer. We salute you Kate— God save the Queen!