Playboy may be counting the dollars it's made on Kate Moss' January cover, but Naomi Campbell marked Moss' 40th birthday by counting the ways she loves her. In a heartfelt essay for The Standard on Thursday, Campbell tells the story of her friendship with Moss, sharing poignant memories about their come-uppance in the modeling world and some candid thoughts on the real Kate.
"I first met Kate Moss in Los Angeles in 1992. She was 15, I was 18. It was a brief meeting but I remember her being strikingly quiet, she hardly spoke. She can be very shy at times — if she doesn't know you she doesn't speak. The other striking thing, obviously, was her beautiful face. I knew she was special from that first minute I saw her," Campbell writes. "Some months later in 1993 we were both working in Madrid and that’s when I kidnapped her. I said: 'You can't be here on your own! You're coming with me.’ That was the start of a long friendship."
She goes on to recall how their twosome became three with the addition of third bestie, Christy Turlington, and how they would all share apartments and hotels in New York, London and beyond. They snuck into a Nirvana show together and got themselves backstage, they traveled to Cape Town to meet Nelson Mandela and they cooked together -- Campbell made the roasts and stuffing, Moss handled the Yorkshire pudding.
"She's honest, loyal and straightforward," Campbell declares of Moss. "There's no bulls---. She's not pretentious in any way. What you see is what you get. I love that about her. After all, we're both from south London — I'm from Streatham, she's from Croydon — and from working-class families. She's never tried to be anything else and nor have I. We know our roots."