Supermodel Kate Moss won the prestigious Model of the Year prize at the
British Fashion Awards on Thursday just over a year after a cocaine scandal threatened to derail her
Mother-of-one Moss was not at the glitzy award ceremony at London's
Victoria and Albert Museum, but designer Vivienne Westwood accepted the
prize for her, a spokeswoman for the British Fashion Council said.
"There was a massive cheer and Westwood went up on stage to accept it
on her behalf," she said. "Kate wasn't here unfortunately. She couldn't
Photographs of Moss apparently snorting large quantities of cocaine
appeared in the Daily Mirror tabloid last September. She subsequently
attended a drug rehabilitation program in the United States and apologized
for her behavior.
The scandal, for which the 32-year-old was dubbed "cocaine Kate",
prompted some advertisers to drop Moss, who has graced the covers of
countless glossy magazines.
But she quickly recovered from the setback, securing high-profile
contracts with several companies and earning more since the scandal than
beforehand, according to fashion industry experts.
London-born Moss has featured in at least 18 major campaigns this
season -- from Dior to makeup
As well as her striking looks and renowned sense of fashion, Moss has
also been in the media glare because of her on-off relationship with
British rocker Pete Doherty, a self-confessed drug addict who has been in
and out of court over the past year.
Recent pictures and newspaper reports suggest that the couple are back
together, and there has even been speculation that they are engaged to be
A spokesman for Doherty declined to comment on the rumors.
Other winners on the night included Giles Deacon, who received the
Designer of the Year award, Marios Schwab for New Designer, Westwood for
Red Carpet Designer and b Store for Shop of the Year.
The ceremony attracted the cream of British fashion, who sat around
sparkling, silver-topped tables, sipping pink champagne.