All hell broke loose when Kate Moss’s relationship with Johnny Depp was over. Together, they were the epitome of “cool” in a grunge 90’s culture smoking cigarettes wearing jeans paired with leather jackets with their long, stringy hair. They were always together, always — but something changed in 1997 after being together for three years and it wasn’t just that the two were becomjohnny_depp_kate_moss_1ing distant, busy with work.

Kate was forever the lost soul, clinging on to Depp, depending on him for every decision. “There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” Moss later told Vanity Fair in 2012, “Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?’ he’d tell me.” But perhaps it was too much for Depp. Reality was their relationship was tumultuous and her clinginess and jealousy left him exhausted.

The supermodel might have strutted on the biggest fashion runways in every major city for every major designer, and she might have had the biggest modeling contract for Calvin Klein, but she had nowhere to turn when Johnny Depp was gone so she threw herself into the world of partying, alcohol and sex. “Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!” she said.

While Johnny Depp stopped partying, Kate Moss continued on with the alcohol and string of bad boys. In 2005, she met Pete Doherty of the band, Babyshambles, and she fell for him instantly. Five years junior, a heroin addicted divorce with a son and a record of burglary, Doherty was wrong for any girl on every level and he proved it that same year when Moss was captured on the front cover of Daily Mirror allegedly snorting cocaine at his recording studio in London. Major designers were not amused and brands, such as Chanel, Burberry and H&M decided to drop their contracts immediately. The model checked herself into Meadows Clinic.

That might have been the end of Kate Moss, but America was in love with her and would do anything to get her back in the right track. Alexander McQueen wore a shirt “We love you Kate” to his runway show and Kate still had her Dior advertisements and a cover on W Magazine. That November 2005 when she walked out of rehab looking radiantly healthy and happy, she proved to the media that she had changed, especially when she broke up with Doherty for good because he couldn’t commit to rehab.

Good or bad, Kate Moss’s fame never really seemed to dwindle. At 5’7 with a waif figure and eyes too far apart with uneven teeth, “supermodel” might seem like a misnomer. However, her 36 Vogue covers, her own clothing line for Topshop and even her own fragrance prove that everybody knows her name for a reason. And though she recently turned 41 last month, she is still one of the highest paid models, ranking at 4th in August 2014, according to Forbes.

In Maureen Callahan’s book, Champagne Supernovas, designer Calvin Klein reflects why so many people are infatuated with Kate Moss. He says, “For them, what is real is beautiful—looking plain is beautiful. What is less than perfect is sexy.” Klein certainly saw something special in the model, but not everyone was sold at first.

New York Post wrote that “one photographer in Paris had actually told Kate that she had no chance at all, that she was ‘just another common bitch’” to which she just laughed in his face.

Timing was everything for Kate Moss. The model was discovered at JFK airport in 1988 when she was 14 by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm modeling agency. Moss looked nothing like the rest of the models who were tall and curvy, carrying on that bombshell look with the likes of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington.

That was precisely why Doukas chose Moss: to carry on the “waif” look, better known as “heroin-chic,” which Moss, indeed, popularized. The 90s was an era when drugs and alcohol and looking like the aftermaths of substances was the new look. Moss’s small, thin frame with dramatic facial bone structures defined that era. Instead of being some unreachable model, she had a face that was more relatable to the public.

With her undone hair and makeup and effortless-cool wardrobe, Moss was fresh. Usually, models were never au natural and were always in designer outfits. Here was Kate Moss in vintage clothing and boots. Her undone appearance reflected her personality, that I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude that made the public hold an affinity for.

It wasn’t just about her appearance, but also her attitude. Photographer Juergen Teller said, “It’s very difficult to describe how she kept herself so on top of her game. I’m going to go away from the photographs for a moment and say what it is about her as a person, in a way, this amazing phenomenon, yes, but more to the point, this incredible free-spirited, animal-like-ness, which is so mesmerizing.”

It may not be the 90s anymore, but Kate Moss has certainly built a legend for herself. “I don’t really go to clubs anymore. I’m actually quite settled,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012. “Living in Highgate with my dog and my husband and my daughter! I’m not a hell-raiser. But don’t burst the bubble. Behind closed doors, for sure I’m a hell-raiser.”