She’s the most iconic model of all time, and has graced the covers of more than 300 magazines over the course of her 25 year career.
She’s also a “bad role model” according to her critics, who are eager as ever to dredge up the scandal that’s plagued her success, and cram their pages full of unflattering images of the “world’s most beautiful woman” rolling out of bars.
“Cocaine Kate,” the headlines called her. “Waif,” came the term coined by her threadlike frame, which inspired a new breed of “skinny” in fashion that all but wiped out the muscular Amazons that were the 80s supers. “And with their extinction rose a new disease,” spat the press. “Don’t blame Kate,” fashion hit back.
The world has always had a lot to say about Kate Moss. More, it seems, than the famously silent supermodel has ever had to say about herself. We all know her face, but few of us would recognise her voice if we heard it. And yet when she does speak – during those sparse, rarely granted interviews, in that lightly polished Croydon drawl – her words become almost as career-defining as her image itself.
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
By far her most famous quote, it is also her most controversial. She made it during an interview with fashion magazine WWD in 2009 when answering the question: “Do you have any mottos?” Her answer spawned a slew of complaints from body image campaigners, who claimed the supermodel – the pioneer of the ‘waif’ in fashion – encouraged eating disorders.
Former Ultimo model Katie Green, who launched the Say No To Size Zero campaign the same year, said at the time: “There are 1.1 million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss’s comments are likely to cause many more. If you read any of the pro-anorexia websites, they go crazy for quotes like this.”
Far less eloquently, presenter Denise Van Outen said: “Kate Moss is talking out of her Size Zero backside.”