Kate Moss talks tan lines: ‘Men like white bums… but I try not to have a white boob’

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.

[From Us Weekly & Allure]

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.

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  1. RocketMerry says:

    Yeah, she’s interesting. The shoot is really beautiful, and her face SAYS something: true model, right there.

    • Collar says:

      I wish I could see whatever y’all see in this silly woman. Yeah maybe it wasnt “heroine chic” but she cant deny the cocaine use, what with the pics. I’m sorry but I have been reading about this cracken for too many years to buy the “shes harmless” line. Beyonce is harmless. Kate is a hotel room trashing, hard drug using, self important diva.

  2. AlexandraJane says:

    I loved her even more since that story with her throwing crisps at Gwyenth. Really made me laugh.

  3. Eleonor says:

    I can totally see a little girl playing Devil wears Prada, so cuuute.
    Through my personal experience I agree about the tan line and men.

  4. Brandy says:

    I adore her. She is the last real supermodel. Love, drugs, sex, high fashion – good old days. Today’s models are bland and boring.

  5. Nev says:


  6. Tess says:

    I love Kate Moss. There is no one else like her. Kaiser, did you ever see that video of her narrating a bit of 50 Shades? It’s great.

  7. DeltaJuliet says:

    I love a good twin set too Kaiser. But then I’m sure no one would describe me as “chic”, as much I would love to be.

  8. Aud says:

    Kate only looks good because of Photoshop. All her chainsmoking has caught up with her.

  9. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I have white bum and white boob right now. Miraculously, I’m still getting laid.

    • Peanut says:

      LOL me too. My whole body is white, in fact. I generally try not to have a tan at all because, you know, it’s bad for you.

      • JD says:

        When I used to tan (I don’t anymore) my tan lines drove my then-hubby crazy. He said they were one of the most erotic things he had seen. I asked him to explain why, and all he could say it like seeing forbidden fruit. : )

        Men. So hard to figure out sometimes. : D

      • Bijlee says:

        @JD What if you reversed that? If you tanned only your boobs and bum and everything else was your skin tone…would it have the same effect?

        I’m thinking that it emphasizes those parts and that’s why they are turn ons…but who knows.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think men tend to like bums and boobs, no matter what their color!

      I once heard a joke…
      How do you make a pound of fat look sexy?

      Put a nipple on it.

      :: ba dum ba! ::

  10. Micki says:

    I think she’s the most versatile model so far. She can really look like 20 different people.
    I also like the way she combines her clothes.She makes them her own indeed.

  11. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    Men like ‘white’ bums … seriously?

    • bns says:

      Yeah. I side-eyed that, too.

    • lucy says:

      Yep, that comment made me go mmmhh too…makes you think, am surprised nobody else picked it up.
      Has she met Fassbender? I’m sure he would disagree
      Generalizing much?

    • mytbean says:

      She’s talking about tan lines… about having a white arse but tan bewbs.

      • lucy says:

        Yes, we know what she means. Still sounds stupid, not all men *gasp* like “white bums” as much as the media loves to portray.shocking right?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Well it’s ok because, according to her, men DON’T like white boobs, which must mean they like brown boobs.
        So look, we all win.

        smh @ extrapolating from Moss’s words. She’s talking about TAN LINES– not race, guys.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Obviously she’s not talking about race. But it is worth looking at the assumption that the ass, when lacking the magnificently arousing tan lines, is a white ass.

        Assumptions of whiteness as normative IS something that people should think about- whether or not she does.

  12. Harriet says:

    Well…she might not have done heroin but the coke made up for it…I still like her though.

  13. ViktoryGin says:

    Didn’t do heroin. But you did coke. No soap box for you.

    I honestly fail to understand people’s obsession with this woman. She strikes me as vacant and having very little substance.

  14. paige says:

    she will always have that PHENOMENAL BONE STRUCTURE…even if you are not a fan…it can not be denied….

  15. Side-Eye says:

    I honestly don’t get it. This is one of the weirdest, most ferrety looking chicks…

  16. bns says:

    Buying this.

  17. Kristine says:

    I am cursed with white bum and boob forever. I’m ok with it.

  18. wonderwoman21 says:

    I tan my bum, I dont like leaving it white…I call that ‘diaper butt’.

  19. Mew says:

    There’s nothing attractive on tan lines. Men like white butt? Men like all sorts of odd and disgusting things.

  20. Moi says:

    My opinion is that some men may like the white skin separate from the brown/tan skin due to the visual thinking of… “I’m getting to see what’s underneath her swimsuit, woohoo!”. It makes the lady bits more prominent to them. Men.

  21. CassT says:

    Do men even look at Kate Moss that much anymore? She is kind of an aging model has-been.

  22. crtb says:

    Drug addict

  23. caitrin says:

    This woman is profoundly vacant, self-centered, and shallow.(She has also been, from what I’ve read, a very poor excuse for a mother, what with her drug and alcohol abuse, and at least one drug addicted boyfriend.) Everything she says here is painfully trite, and a little self deluded, as well. What on earth is her appeal? I can absolutely not see it.

  24. Michele says:

    She’s gorgeous and the last of an era.

  25. Cpm says:

    WTF is a twinset?

  26. Michelle says:

    I distinctly remember being a teenager and hanging out with two awful dudes my age, and they put a porno on the tv, for whatever dumb reason. The girl had tan lines, and they both were like “I love tan lines, they’re really hot.” I don’t recall if they were bum-only or included boob tan lines. Whatever. But from what I’ve seen, from lots of other prOn, tan lines are pretty common in these ‘movies.’ So, it could have something to do with viewing these things as youngsters, and that association of tan lines = sex with a willing girl is forever burned in their brain.
    Just my two cents.