Kate Moss on ‘heroin chic’ & anorexia rumors: “I wasn’t any of those things”

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Here are some photos of Kate Moss out for DVDs and popcorn with daughter Lila Grace last week. We don’t get many photos of Kate doing the mummy thing (and most such photos are printed in the UK tabloids, which blur out children’s faces), so it’s nice to see Kate and Lila together once and awhile. Lila looks like Kate but also very much like her father, magazine publisher Jefferson Hack. She’s a beautiful child.

At the moment, Kate is raring up for the release of Kate: The Kate Moss Book, which celebrates her longevity as a model and “evolution from ‘new girl with potential’ to one of the most iconic models of all time.” Can you believe that Kate Moss has been gracing magazine covers and runways for over 20 years now? She’s like the Little Waif That Could. I’ve always loved this catwalk compilation which really goes to show how far Kate will go to sell an outfit in those few seconds she wears it on the runway.

Of course, Kate probably won’t do much press (if any) for the book because she’s only done a handful of interviews over her entire career. The book itself looks to be a coffee-table extravaganza with eight different covers, all of which were hand-picked by Kate herself. The subject matter will be primarily made up of photography (some of the “never-before-seen” variety) from Corinne Day (who discovered Kate), Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Steven Klein, Terry Richardson (gross) and many more. Kate dedicates her book to husband Jamie Hince, and here are some excerpts from the written portions:

Kate Moss

On being body conscious: “I hated my boobs more than anything as a teenager. I’d do anything not to take my top off. I see nudity as empowering now. Before, I didn’t. I cried for years!”

On aging: “Well, I am never going to be 18 again, when I could do shoots with no make-up, but it’s not as though I don’t want to have wrinkles, because I think it’s important to have your own face that you live in. There are always new ways of looking through new eyes. I still don’t feel I’m done — I’m not finished yet.”

On being dubbed “heroin chic”: “If I was anorexic or if I was on heroin, maybe I would have been a bit more ‘oh dear!’ But I wasn’t any of those things that they were painting me to be. It didn’t have anything to do with who I was at all, so I never really thought about it. I just thought, the people who know me know the truth. I was lucky to be with Johnny at that stage. He taught me a lot about fame. He told me ‘never complain, never explain.’ That’s why I don’t use Twitter and things like that. I don’t want people to know what is true all the time and that’s what keeps the mystery.”

On her philosophy: “I remember my mum telling me you can’t have fun all the time and I still hold my answer true today when I told her ‘But, why not”‘”

[From Daily Mirror]

Hmm, do you believe that Kate has never taken heroin at any point in her life? She was definitely (and maybe still is) Cocaine Kate even though she never admitted (to Scotland Yard) that the substance in the infamous drug-taking video was actually coke. It’s hard to believe that anyone can date Pete Doherty for years and not indulge in heroin themselves, but I guess maybe Kate just has one particular drug of choice. Kate’s party lifestyle is definitely catching up to her, but she still remains one of the world’s most iconic models to date and will always be an incredible trend setter (notwithstanding the horrible pink sunglasses in these photos). Viva La Moss!

Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Bowers says:

    Some may say she’s bitchy but she’s smart to stay off social network sites. Most people in the public eye should never speal without a script.

    • gg says:

      Funny how most of the twitter freaks are Americans. Just making an observation – I am American. Just don’t see the Brits doing it by and large as badly as our reality show idiots over here.

      Also, not buying Kate denying her anorexia. Isn’t she the one who coined (or at least is famous for repeating) the phrase: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?

      Btw, it’s true, but it doesn’t give one a pass for not eating, just not eating dessert.

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      Completely agreed!

      While I have Twitter and FB accounts, I rarely post on them, unless it’s a big family event. What normal person wants their every thought recorded for posterity? Kate IS smart.

      Don’t buy the ‘not anorexic…never used drugs’ bit at all. That honestly makes me laugh at her so-called ‘authenticity’. People who aren’t sh*t faced on drugs or booze don’t constantly have pictures taken of them looking like they’re on a Spring Break bender….twenty YEARS of pictures looking like that? Uh, no.

      The truth about her life would have been much more interesting. But my hat is off to her for not being a MeAnn! with the uncontrollable Twitter-fingers.

  2. Annie says:

    I absolutely believe she was never anorexic – as a naturally thin person I can ALWAYS tell when another person is naturally thin and when it is extreme dieting or drugs (but naturally larger peeps tend to paint anyone “thin” with the same brush). In fact I think Kate looks bad as soon as she is heavier.

  3. dcypher1 says:

    Not only was she with pete, she also dated johnny depp for a while we all know johnny was on drugs to back then. and quite a few rockstars so no I dont believe her when she says she never did “heroine”.

    • Quit says:

      According to her biographies, her serious problems with drugs begin after she split with Johnny Depp…and precisely because she couldn’t bear with the split, that he started a new relationship so soon and then his girlfriend became pregnant almost inmediately

      And in the article she says he helped her, he taught her to cope with fame…so, why believe he was a bad a influence on her, when the facts and her own comments says the contrary? hater much?

  4. Waldemar says:

    One of the “benefits” of doing cocaine is that you can still function. You can do your job, be on time and stuff like that. With heroine you can not. You just become a junkie and you dont care for anything else.

    Kate is a professional. I don’t think she ever did heroine. Coke… yes. And alcohol. You can bet your life on it that in every clip in that montage she is drunk on champagne or vodka.

  5. Eleonor says:

    I think I believe her about heroin: drug mess or not she has always been able to work.
    One thing I really like about her is that she nearly doesn’t do press.

  6. LAK says:

    Kate is naturally thin, victoria beckham or rachel zoe are not. And yet kate was unfairly tagged anorexic.

    I can believe she’s never done heroin because it turns one into a junkie and kate moss has never been known to be a junkie, acting erratic. Jamie King was the junkie, erratic model who did high profile shoots depicting her shooting up and was shooting up in real life too. Her life spiralled out of control unlike kate.

    I don’t believe katE’s a saint who has never used drugs but can believe heroin isn’t her drug of choice.

    She’s admitted to being drunk during work time because her employers would hand out never ending alcohol and we’ve all seen her out partying!

  7. dooliloo says:

    Well she was never anorexic she’s naturally skinny and very petite, had the chance to meet her last year at London Fashion Week, she was there with her husband. She’s actually pretty cool and smiles a lot.

    Like Keira Knightley, I met her too and she’s naturally very skinny (from head to waist) but some people think otherwise.

    As for heroin, I also give Kate Moss the benefit of the doubt… I mean Pete Doherty or else she still managed to be one of the top models despite it all. No pun intended but if she was a hardcore junkie she’d be more in rehab than anything else, or worse… dead :-/

    And can’t help it but think about Whitney Houston embarrassing”crack is whack crack is cheap!” when you could see her jaws going south whilst she was talking and a bit of erratic behaviour..

  8. ladybert62 says:

    She needs a decent haircut.

  9. Gwen says:

    As a model and style icon few come close to Kate IMO.

    I do believe that she’s never been anorexic or on heroin. Probably she’s been watching what she eats and done both coke and too much alcohol though.

  10. Jeanie.amour says:

    I realize before I even type this, how absurd and warped this makes are society but here it is. Yes Kate Moss was ‘the’ waif of the 90′s always has been and still is entirely skinny minnie, and waifish…but I wastched that video compilation link of her from above and tell me..perhaps I am wrong…but doesn’t she seem actually healthy looking in compairson to the runway/catwalk models of today? I sure think so..because i’ve seen countless of the standard runway models looking literally skeletal. Kate IS a skinny waif…but not skeletal. Like for instance… in the 90′s she went hand in hand with talk about..omg she is so skinny..she is on drugs/has an ed?? But lets say instead of in the 90′s she made her grand appearance now, in this society… I suspect people wouldn’t bat an eye at her level of thinness. It made me aware of how frighentningly warped our society is becoming regarding body size and what the ideal thinness is. It is a bit sick and scary really. In my opinion.

  11. bea says:

    Well, she may have used heroin, but at least she didn’t get (publically) strung out. Seems like alcohol and cocaine are her drugs of choice.

    I remember when she and Naomi first came out in Face Magazine. Neither have aged poorly for all the partying you know they did!

  12. bns says:

    I love her. My favorite 90s model after Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Stella Tennant. And I wish all celebrities shared her no Twitter policy.

  13. Christina says:

    Thing is, by model standards, Kate is not very thin at all, particularly as she’s very short compared with today’s models.

    I must say I love the fact that she doesn’t give inane interviews to the press or whore out her child for the paps, like a few Victoria’s Secret models I could mention. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Models should be seen and NOT heard! Kate is the perfect example.

  14. j.eyre says:

    I am starting to really like Kate Moss

  15. the original bellaluna says:

    Agree with others that she may have tried heroin, but I think the label “Heroin Chic” came from the fashion industry, not her PARTICULAR habits.

    I’ll not waiver from believing she did (and maybe still does, who knows?) coke and alcohol, but that’s her business and if she doesn’t want to talk about it, so be it!

  16. murmur says:

    “Never complain, never explain”

    Kristen Stewart got both of them wrong.

  17. skuddles says:

    How about “coke chic” Kate?

  18. Carolyn says:

    It annoys me when celebrities whitewash their past. There are plenty of photos and footage out there of Kate in her early years looking very wasted and anorexic. Whilst I agree there’s no proof that Kate did heroin she was certainly a drug user. Don’t forget Naomi has been taken to hospital once (maybe twice) to get her stomach pumped. Appreciate Kate may be on the milder side now. She has lived a very wild life.

    PS in this day of over-sharing I quite like the “never complain never explain” motto. A lot of celebrities would do well to heed this advice.

  19. Minty says:

    Just viewed the catwalk compilation. Kate was okay on the runway, but there were models who walked with more flair and personality: Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and – arguably the fiercest – Yasmeen Ghauri. Check her out on YouTube. She moved like a panther in the early ’90s. She later toned it down for some reason. Gisele (who I don’t care for) also walks much better than Kate.

  20. Jenn Bee says:

    How does the necklace of LIAR fit around your neck, Kate?

    Never complain, never explain.