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Irina, who has starred in campaigns for top fashion houses Balenciaga, Chanel, Mulberry and Hugo Boss, will be the new face of Kate's Topshop collection due out in May
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Kate discovered Irina when she was a drummer for her boyfriend's band Babyshambles
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Kate chooses Pete's former drummer to front clothing line

2 APRIL 2007

She might be one of the world's top supermodels, but Kate Moss has drawn the line at modelling in the ad campaign for her own range of clothes for high-street label Topshop - instead choosing rising Canadian star Irina Lazareanu for the task. The Brit style icon introduced Irina to modelling when she was a drummer for her boyfriend Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles and has now taken her under her wing.

"Kate thinks she's got a very unique, rock-chick look," said a source close to the model-turned-designer, whose KM Topshop line hits UK stores on May 1 and New York's upscale department store Barneys on May 8. "She really felt that Irina embodies the feel of her Topshop range - her porcelain skin, her big eyes under her thick Sixties fringe - it was a look Kate was impressed with."

Irina has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the fashion world thanks to Kate, who hand-picked her to feature in the December 2005 issue of Vogue which she was guest-editing. Since then the 24-year-old brunette has appeared in campaigns for some of the biggest names in the industry including Balenciaga, Chanel, Mulberry and Hugo Boss and opened many of the top Autumn/Winter 2007 catwalk shows. She hasn't totally abandoned her music career, however, and is currently working on a folk album produced by Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon.

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