Hard to believe the original wild-child-turned-supermodel Kate Moss is 40 years old today, but it's true, as her many fans at home in Britain and on Twitter rushed to wish her well.
Moss celebrated by hosting a lunch for family and celebrity friends (such as Stella McCartney) at a restaurant in London's snooty Mayfair neighborhood. She was accompanied by husband Jamie Hince and wore a little black dress, high-heeled booties and a leopard-print coat with a pink clutch.
Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was among the first to tweet today, posting a black-and-white photo of Moss smoking a cigarette on her Instagram page: "Happy 40th Ms Moss ??#birthdaygirl #40 #KM #icon #QueenK #KateMoss."
Another model, Erin Willerton, chimed in, too: "Happy birthday Kate Moss, perfection," she tweeted.
Paul McCartney ?weighed in: "Happy birthday to Kate Moss!," he tweeted.
Richard Branson goes way back with Moss. "When a model agent asked me to become their business partner, I said yes! Guess who became our first model," he tweeted.
Naturally, there was a deluge of congratulatory tweets from celebrity media, fashion retailers and fashion media, many of whom posted galleries of 40 iconic pictures of Moss through the years or 40 reasons they love her.
Vogue, Grazia, Harper's Bazaar, Time, InStyle, Harvey Nichols, MarieClaire, Tatlerwere only a few of the titles and retailers filling up Twitter today with color and black-and-white photos of Moss posing, Moss on the street, Moss in fashion layouts.
"Happy 40th Birthday to the incomparable Kate Moss," tweeted art-book publisher Rizzoli Publications.
Meanwhile, the tabloids were busy, too. On Wednesday, the Daily Mail's story on Moss's milestone was snarky: "40 years of growing old disgracefully," read the headline on a story illustrated with an unflattering picture of her looking older than even 40.
"The little waif from Croydon, the she-sprite who almost single-handedly launched heroin chic, the model who went on to become the face of Calvin Klein and Chanel and Rimmel — to name a few — now paddling in the shallows of Old Lady Lake? How on earth did that happen?" sneered the story.
But by today, the Mail was back on board the kiss-Kate bandwagon with a new story, illustrated with pictures of huge, gorgeous flower arrangements being delivered to her door and describing Moss as "undoubtedly one of the most iconic British supermodels of all time."