Lila Moss isn't only following her supermodel mom Kate’s footsteps, she’s making a name for herself in the fashion industry in a unique way.
The 19-year-old turned heads when she put her insulin pump on full display while walking the catwalk at Fendi x Versace's fashion show in Milan in September 2021, and she’s done it again at this year's Met Gala.
Accompanied by her mother, who showed off her stunning figure in a black dress, Lila wore a nude Burberry gown embellished with diamonds, numbers and letters, but it was her insulin pod on her left hip and a glucose monitoring device on her upper-right arm which drew the most attention on the red carpet.
Fans have since praised her for proudly wearing her pod, which administers insulin to her body. Lila has type 1 diabetes.
“I have an Omnipod too!! Thank you for setting an example for others with T1D,” one user commented.
“Thank you for representing for all the little girls with type 1 to rock the gear loud and proud,” added another.
“Pod spotted! Thank you for representing the T1D community.”
Lila was diagnosed with diabetes when she was eight. She needs regular insulin injections (either by needle or from her pod) to keep her blood sugar levels at a healthy range.
She told Vogue that she has an AirTag, a tracking device, linked to her her insulin pod so she doesn’t lose it.
'I'm diabetic so I have this which controls a pod on my leg,” she explained pointing to her insulin pod. “This is very important to keep in my bag, it comes with me everywhere.”
She also carries sugar tablets everywhere she goes, “in case my blood sugar goes low".
“I think not many people know that I have diabetes. It's not visible from the outside, so no one would really know just by looking at you,” she shared.
While Lila is forging her own path, she says she almost didn’t go into the industry because her former supermodel mother tried to dissuade her from becoming a model herself.
Lila, who's father is editor Jefferson Hack (50), believes she's come a long way since her days of working with Marc Jacobs Beauty when she was just 15 years old.
“I’ve seen it all, first-hand,” she admits of life in the high pressure industry. “So I’m much more able to cope with it. I’ve had to say no to people, but I’m always nice!”
Her mom was always very protective and supportive of her, Lila says.
She was eight when she realised her mother was an A-lister. “That was when I noticed the paparazzi thing, that they were interested in her for some reason.”
Lila remembers how everyone in primary school would ask her if her mother was Kate. “How do you know who she is? She’s old! She’s old and boring!” she recalls saying at the time.
But her days of calling her mother old and boring are a thing of the past. “In the last three or four years, I’ve realised that her style is actually really cool,” she confesses.
“I’m having to admit it now. She doesn’t have a good trackies [tracksuit] selection. She only has pyjamas. She probably would hate me saying that. She doesn’t want anyone to know she wears trackies.”
And now, as a model in her own right, Lila is discovering her own sense of style, fashion and representation that's winning millions of hearts.
Sources: Glamour, Dailymail, Cosmopolitan, Vogue