Kate Moss was named Britainâ€™s Model of the Year on November 2, despite cocaine allegations that lost her millions of dollars in modelling contracts.
Moss, 32, won out over two other finalists, Erin Oâ€™Connor and Alek Wek, at the British Fashion Awards.
â€œKate Moss is a fashion icon and without doubt one of the most prolific models in the industry,â€ the awards panel said in naming her the winner. â€œShe has now been modelling for over 15 years and remains at the top of her game.â€
The British Fashion Cou-ncil refused to comment on the potential controversy of Mossâ€™s nomination.
Moss lost contracts with H&M, Chanel, Gloria Vanderbilt and Burberry after the Daily Mirror newspaper published photos last year of her allegedly using cocaine at a music studio where her boyfriend, Pete Doherty, was recording.
After the pictures were published, Moss publicly apologised and went to a drug rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. Prosecutors decided in June there was insufficient evidence to charge her. Since then, she has made a comeback, appearing frequently in fashion magazines and winning back contracts.
Still, some say giving an award to someone whose career has been marked by drug allegations sets a bad example.
â€˜Model of the Yearâ€™ is an industry accolade for the British model who has contributed the most to the international fashion scene over the last year. Leading press, buyers and industry figures choose the winner from a shortlist compiled by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and a committee.
â€œSheâ€™s the kind of survivor we all want to be,â€ said Jeremy Baker, a fashion expert at London Metropolitan University, of Moss. â€œThe paradox is that since this time last year the scandal made her a lot better off.â€
Since the allegations, Moss has won more than a dozen contracts with names including Bulgari, Christian Dior and Rimmel cosmetics. She has also signed deals with Virgin Mobile and French luxury label Longchamp. Topshop also recruited her to create a new clothing and accessories line.