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How Kate Moss' daughter Lila is changing the face of fashion by embracing type 1 diabetes

Shania Wilson May 12, 2022
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Supermodel Kate Moss made her mark on the fashion industry in 1990 and, three decades on, model daughter Lila is following the path her mother paved.

Signed under The Kate Moss Agency, teenager Lila has worked with major brands and campaigns already, including Marc Jacobs Beauty and Italian Vogue.

More recently, the younger Moss challenged the face of fashion by having her glucose monitor visible for her campaign with Versace and Fendi.

The 19-year-old model has previously opened up about her health, explaining she has type 1 diabetes.

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Lila Moss embraces type 1 diabetes

Fresh off the Met Gala red carpet, Lila Moss stepped in front of the camera for Versace and Fendi. Inheriting her mother’s photogenic looks, the teen has been modelling since 2020, and her most recent campaign has received nothing but praise.

As reported by Insider, Lila proudly had her glucose monitor on display for a new shoot, refusing to shy away from her type 1 diabetes.

Moss is making headlines for her latest campaign but has actually ‘normalised’ her diagnosis plenty of times. In fact, her insulin pump was also visible through her sheer gown at the 2022 Met Gala, which she attended with her mother Kate.

Likewise, in October 2021, Lila took to the runway with her insulin pump visible when walking for Fendi and Versace. Fans have praised the 19-year-old for representing diabetes, even at the most prestigious events, and challenging the stigma surrounding her diagnosis.

“As a fellow T1 diabetic (and ex-model), THANK YOU for wearing your device on the freaking runway!” one fan shared.

“Thank you to Lila Moss for de-stigmatising diabetes care. A picture is worth a thousand words! Beauty without limits,” another wrote.

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Kate Moss’ model daughter talks health

Lila Moss first opened up about her diabetes diagnosis in 2020 while talking to The Kit.

“I think not many people know I have diabetes,” she shared. “It’s not visible from the outside so no one would really know just by looking at you. I have type 1.”

More recently the model appeared on British Vogue’s YouTube series In The Bag, which allows viewers to take a sneak peek into the bags of celebrities and A-listers. Lila revealed she carries sugar tablets in case her blood sugar drops and a wireless insulin pump, which she keeps an Apple Air Tag on so she can keep track of it.

According to Yahoo!, Lila was diagnosed with diabetes when she was eight years old.

Lila isn’t the only one challenging the face of fashion

Lila Moss challenged the stigma of diabetes in her latest campaign with Versace and Fendi, but she’s not alone in breaking down the ‘beauty standard’ for models.

In 2019, Strength Marks founder Zelda Elisco set up campaign Strength Marks to normalise stretch marks, covering them in biodegradable glitter.

“Strength Marks was created to give people a safe space to feel beautiful in their natural bodies,” Elisco explained. “The project has welcomed a community of people driven to dispel societal beauty standards and encourage self-confidence.”

Likewise, in 2021, Lucy Edwards, who is blind, became a brand ambassador for Pantene. The idea was for Edwards to debunk common misconceptions society has towards blind people, including “how does a blind girl wash her hair”?

The 25-year-old told the Daily Mail: “A few (misconceptions) are I can’t feed myself or my dog; I can’t get dressed independently; and I don’t care about how I look, which is so wild. Just because I’ve lost my eyesight doesn’t mean I’ve lost myself or my passions in life.”

More recently, an advertisement for Adidas was banned as it featured bare breasts to represent different shapes and sizes, the BBC reports.

A tweet from Adidas’ Twitter account read: “We believe women’s breasts in all shapes and sizes deserve support and comfort, which is why our new sports bra range contains 43 styles so everyone can find the right fit for them.”

However, the ad received complaints and was consequently banned.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.