Kate Moss covers the new issue of Allure, and I actually really like the photoshoot. It’s not mind-blowing or crazy-original, but Kate looks especially beautiful on the cover and some of the inside shots are really nice. But what’s really great is that Kate gave Allure an interview, and I always enjoy hearing from Moss, mostly because she so rarely gives interviews. And you know what? Kate is utterly charming. I love her. Some highlights from the interview (you can see the slideshow here):
On the “heroin chic” thing: “It was horrible, especially the anorexic thing. The heroin, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s just ridiculous. I don’t do heroin. Just because I wear a bit of black eyeliner that’s smudged . . .But the anorexic thing was a lot more upsetting, to be held responsible for somebody’s illness… I wasn’t anorexic.”
Lila, 11, wants to be Anne Hathaway: “She’s watched The Devil Wears Prada ten times, and she’s got a desk in her room with a phone . . . She puts a little outfit on and picks up the phone: ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office.’ I say, ‘Lila, do you know who Miranda Priestly is in real life?’ But she just doesn’t care. She’s like, ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office. Can you hold? Patrick Demarchelier on the line!’ I died when I heard her do it. So funny. She doesn’t have a clue who she is, but it’s word for word. She wants to be Anne Hathaway”
Why famous artists want to work with her: “I must be a bit of a blank canvas.” Pause. “Or something.” In fact, her skills at interpreting the fantasies of art directors and fashion editors make her as much in demand today as she was 20 years ago. “At a shoot, I’m really aware of everything,” she says. “When they do makeup, sometimes I can’t see what they’re doing, but I can feel it. I know what I look like, even when I can’t see what they’ve done. I know how to compose myself.”
Her early modeling days: “I didn’t like my flat chest,” she says. “I was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to have a tit job.’ Can you imagine?” Posing nude was also a challenge, she says. “I used to be so scared about ‘Oh, I don’t want to show my body.’ Now that I’ve shown it, it doesn’t bug me about my moles, or ‘This isn’t big enough’ and ‘That’s not smooth enough.'”
Tanning: “I don’t mind a bikini bottom. My husband likes lines on the bum—men like white bums, like a frame,” she says. “Like a bull’s-eye?” someone at the shoot asks. “Exactly,” Moss replies. “I don’t do it on the boobs, though—I try not to have a white boob.”
Her personal style: “I try and be a little bit chic. I wouldn’t wear sweatpants. I wouldn’t wear a twinset.” And whatever she wears, she makes a point of making it her own. “With confidence, I think anyone can get a dress and make it their own. I don’t think you should have it off the runway and wear it like they want you to wear it. You know, with their hair and makeup—their woman. I just think it’s boring. You have to make it your own. That’s what fashion is all about.”
How she’s maintained her celebrity: Never far from the gaze of a camera, Moss says she has learned to deal with fame, sometimes the hard way. “Never complain, never explain” is the advice her ex Johnny Depp once gave her, and she has put it to use through more than one scandal. She has the remarkable ability to bounce back, and remains one of the few models who can still command a magazine cover, now most often the territory of A-list actresses. “Everyone’s a celebrity. But I’m kind of a celebrity now, so even though I’m not an actress, people know my name. I’m not just a face,” Moss says matter-of-factly.
The story about Lila wanting to be Anne Hathaway is SO CUTE. And I love the part about tanning and “men like white bums”. I really just think Kate is harmless. She loves to have a good time, she’s easy-going and she only really judges people when they’re wearing a twinset. I love her (even though I like a good twinset).
Photos courtesy of Allure.