Kate Moss’s 40th birthday Playboy cover revealed: iconic, dated or cheesy?


Call me crazy, but I really like Kate Moss’s Playboy cover. Right? Moss announced months ago that she was going to do her first Playboy cover (and pictorial) to celebrate her 40th birthday this year, and here it is. This is the January issue I believe. When Playboy is working with the big-name models and celebrities, the celebrities usually get a big say in how they’re shot and they even get to pick their own photographers – I remember it was a really big deal when Cindy Crawford posed for Playboy and she chose the top fashion photographer at the time, Herb Ritts. Moss chose Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and it sort of works. Kate made it feel vintage and sweetly sexy, with a 1970s feel, especially since she’s wearing the old-school bunny outfit – you can see more photos here. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On privacy: “I don’t want to hang my dirty laundry out for Hello! and for people to know all the ins and outs of my life… I don’t get why it would be interesting. I’m not that different. And also, now with Instagram and everything, everyone’s so on their phones that even when I’m in a restaurant like this, where you wouldn’t expect it, someone will come up and ask to get a picture with me. I’m like, ‘No!’”

Her signature cocktail: “Well, I have a friend at the Hemingway Bar at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, an English guy called Colin. I’ve been staying at the hotel since I was 17, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the Hemingway Bar. So my drink is the French 76, which is vodka, lemon juice, and sugar topped up with champagne. Love! Two of those and you’re like, ‘Oh, life is amazing!’ It’s heaven.”

On if she ever envisioned another life for herself: “No. I was, like, a child when I started. I was 14. If it hadn’t happened, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I would be in Croyden [the neighborhood south of London where she grew up], working in a bar, probably. I wanted to be at the center of things. I love working with creative people, and there was none of that where I came from. As soon as I was given a chance I took it.”

[From Playboy via Just Jared]

I will take Kate Moss’s drink advice. I might not take her advice on most things, but I believe she knows her way around a bar and a liquor cabinet, and the “French 76” sounds like a perfectly wonderful girly drink. It’s like a lemon drop and a mimosa, right? I bet it gets you super-drunk too. I would probably take her advice about discretion too – Kate has some faults, but being indiscreet is not one of them. She is still an enigma, even after more than two decades of fame.



Photos courtesy of Playboy and Instagram.

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  1. Patricia says:

    I think her face is kind of beat looking in the cover shot, she looks like an alien! The other two shots here are better, IMO. Also I always think it’s funny how British people say someone is “called” their name. Why not say “named Collin”? I don’t know why but it hits my funny bone.

    • bostonian says:

      She’s always looked alien because eyes are so wide apart. Although I think she’s a very pretty alien!

    • Bubbles says:

      I don’t get her appeal. Not now, not when she was younger.

      • Paige says:

        I think her bone structure is amazing…
        A beautiful face.
        I think she is that kind of real beauty that is almost freak like in a sense.

      • Lady says:

        I used to think she was so ugly when she was younger but she gets more and more beautiful every year. It’s ridiculous.

  2. mar says:

    I love all things Kate Moss.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’ve always had a soft spot for her. Is it too early for a French 76? Cheers, Kate.

    • YuYa says:

      Me too. She is just seriously awesome. That cover is gorg!

    • Monkey Towz says:

      An old boyfriend met her at a party several years ago & said she was lovely & kind to him. I’m still jealous. But as other posters have noted, I would never ask for a photo or autograph. Made that mistake with my favorite rock star & that memory still makes me shudder.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, that made me cringe. How mean of him/her.

      • Bubbles says:

        Who? Do tell.

      • Monkey Towz says:

        Black Francis of The Pixies. I was young & thought it would be “so cool” to approach him after the show. I went on & on about how great his music/the show etc was & he just looked at me & walked away.
        Could’ve been worse. He was probably tired & wanted a drink. Plus, my cliche’ filled tirade was a bit much. Ultimately a great lesson. And the show was one of the best evah!

    • gogoGorilla says:

      She’s beautiful. Love the photos.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @monkey, seriously disappointing. My cat is named “pixie” (after the pixies) and I would have gone up an asked for a photo too! You approached him after a concert that you paid to see, you’d think he’d be gracious enough to smile and take a photo. I once saw Jamie Lynn Siegler and DJ AM eating dinner a table over from us in Atlantic City. I knew it would be inappropriate to interrupt them during dinner, so I said nothing. If the circumstances were different, I may have introduced myself and asked for a photo. I’ve met most of the cast of The Walking Dead and each and every one of them were gracious. As much as I love the show, I think it would ruin my affection for it if one of the cast members were jerks.

      • Monkey Towz says:

        @ Mortician, I think I got him at a bad time but was able to get some great pics of them onstage. (I have them framed, huge fan, love your kitty’s name!) I also saw Michael Stipe at a bar once. So glad I didn’t approach as I later heard he could be a jerk. Maybe it’s a hipster rock star thing.
        So cool you met the Walking Dead actors. I love hearing about gracious celebs since they wouldn’t be famous w/o us!

      • mayamae says:


        I love TWD as well, and think it helps that none of the actors were well known prior to this show. I live in Georgia and would love to be an extra, but you have to go to zombie school first. Did you meet them at Comic Con? It seems that actors who appear at these events are very fan oriented.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @may, I did meet them at a horror convention. Not every celeb who attends is friendly though. I heard Jamie Kennedy was a huge jerk and Gary Busey was hardly around for photos or signings. I actually caught Scott Wilson (Hershel) and Laurie Holden (Andrea) in the parking lot and they were gracious enough to stop for a photo and a chat. Their handler tried to shoo me away, but Laurie said it was ok and I took a photo with the both of them. She was extra nice and even told me I was beautiful! You are right about them being lesser known, although Scott Wilson has a pretty extensive imbd that includes “in cold blood” and “dead man walking,” along with some other pretty high profile stuff. Norman Reedus also had a pretty big cult following because of the “boondock saints.” He was THE nicest of them all. Michael Rooker was a little standoffish to most of the fans and had a big sign that said no photos, but I buttered him up and he gave me a huge hug and posed for a photo.

  3. Cherry says:

    Are you serious? That cover photo is terrible. What’s with those weird inflated lips? And I hate it when girls do ‘sexyface’ like that. Close your mouth, dear. You don’t look sexy, you just look dumb.

    Her drink of choice sounds FANTASTIC, though. Will definitely try that one.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Co-sign. Rode hard and put away wet.

    • Trillion says:

      Agree on all fronts! I just woke up over here, but a French 76 sounds amazing. Kate the Great can look much, much prettier and sexier than she does on this cover, but men’s mags generally have a different idea than I do of what is attractive.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      A coworker introduced me to French 76 (that sounds dirty) over the summer and let me tell you: It is AMAZING. So refreshing.

      Re: the cover-I think she looks ok, but the blowjob face needs to die.
      I think she’s a beautiful woman, but the drugs have definitely taken a toll on her appearance.

    • bns says:


      I love her, but I wish she would retire.

  4. bostonian says:

    She looks great. The photographers made her look curvy and sexy! Nicely done.

    Thank G-D – its not another Terry Richardson dominatrix catastrophe.

  5. aims says:

    I never got the kate moss love. I don’t think she’s that amazing.

    • Harriet says:

      I think she’s iconic. I don’t love her and don’t always love her work but as the article said, she’s an enigma and that takes some serious work!

    • mayamae says:

      I didn’t appreciate her at the time, and I really disliked the heroin chic era. In retrospect, I look back and think she is uniquely beautiful.

  6. David99 says:

    Very Hot!

  7. blue marie says:

    I like it, I think like the cover she’s holding more though.

  8. Monkey Towz says:

    She looks amazing as ever. And I even tho I no longer drink, that cocktail is making my mouth water.

  9. TraceMik says:

    She looks OLD.

  10. Happyhat says:

    Thumbs up for the ‘older’ woman still being seen. A woman in her 40’s, isn’t that like beyond death as far as Hollywood is concerned?

    But Kate Moss? Ugh. I can’t stand her. “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” – btch please, wtf have YOU been eating?!

    I just generally can’t stand those cliques…her, Sadie Frost, that one with the big eyebrows. Blugh…

    • TraceMik says:

      Did kate Moss really say “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”? I never heard that she made that statement.

      • Anastasia Beaverhausen says:

        She was replying to a question about the pressure to stay skinny in the modeling world. The whole quote is “You have to remind yourself that nothing taste as good as skinny feels.”

  11. eliza says:

    Her eyes look odd to me.

    • TraceMik says:

      Drugs will do that.

    • tracking says:

      Her whole face looks odd to me, especially her lips. Makeup, airbrushing, other? Not a good look for someone with such great bone structure.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I wonder if they airbrushed her 3rd nipple away? One of my high school friends was obsessed with her and he whipped out a topless photo of her and promptly pointed out her third nipple. Ever since then, it’s all I think about when I see her (and Mark Whalberg).

  12. paola says:

    I met many famous people in my life but i’ve never asked for an autograph or a picture, but i saw some people saying no to pics leaving me thinking how stuck up they were, but i’ve just realised that yes.. now you’d end up on every social within 2 seconds and I’d hate it too. Mostly because the picture would be taken during their private time. she has a point.

    • Harriet says:

      I agree with this. Maybe I am just too proud but I can not fathom the idea of submitting to ask someone for an autograph and a photograph. NO WAY! And Kate has a point- if I was Kate Moss or someone else, and every two seconds someone interrupted me whilst I ate dinner for a photograph for instagram I would be seriously annoyed and probably not so gracious.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        A lot of celebs love and appreciate their fans and are more than happy to chat for a few minutes and take a photo with you (if you approach them in the right circumstances). I saw “Head” from the band Korn at a local steakhouse and asked for a photo when he got up to pay his check. He actually sat down at our table and talked to us about his new projects and took a photo with one of my sons. Bottom line is most everyone loves the validation (famous or not) and Kate will love it too in a few years when no one cares about her anymore and a random fan wants a photo with her.

    • Mare says:

      Few years ago I was in a bar drinking coffee and very famous football player from my country was sitting at the next table, having coffee and reading papers. In about one hour I was there, around 15 people approached him for an autograph or a photo and he was very kind to all of them even though they were extra boring, everyone saying the same things and taking his time. His coffee got cold, his reading was interrupted all the time and it was just horrible. I understand every celeb who doesn’t allow that. Just because some people are fans, doesn’t mean it’s ok to bore someone who is having a private moment in his private time.

  13. Nev says:

    WOO HOO!!!!!!


  14. Ice Maiden says:

    The photo is boring and unimaginative, and I find her the idea of doing a ‘Playboy’ cover to celebrate your 40th birthday to be a bit sad. It’s as though she is saying ”Hey look at me! I’m 40 and I’m STILL hot! Well, aren’t I?”

    • Kaya says:


      Not to mention, the general Playboy bunny looks nothing like an ordinary woman.

      Oh, and it’s a shitty, sexist publication.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        And increasingly irrelevant in an age when naked ladies (and much more besides) are never more than a click away on your computer. And it’s all free.

        Kate would probably justify this photo by saying it’s all ‘ironic’ and ‘retro’ but it’s still a boring photo in a sleazy publication. Normally I quite like Kate, and think she’s a fantastic model, but she can do a whole lot better than this.

  15. shellybean says:

    I love Kate! She always somehow manages to look gorgeous, otherworldly, and real all at the same time. Hands down my favorite model of all time.

  16. littlestar says:

    I think it’s all three of those descriptions! I really like it too! Sexy and sophisticated.

  17. Becks says:

    Myfavorite drink is a French 75 , but now I will have to try a French 76!

  18. Hannah says:

    That drink does sound amazing! I love the way she talks about it, too.

  19. LAK says:

    J’adore Kate Moss.

    I wish i still drank alcohol. That drink sounds delicious.

  20. break says:

    Would Playboy ever use a model over 39 who doesn’t have implants?

    • LAK says:

      Lots of photoshopping to make her look buxom, but Kate is completely flat chested and no implants. Lots of topless pics of her on yachts over the years to prove it.

  21. Tig says:

    Not a liquor drinker, but boy would I love to drink that at that bar in Paris!! Kate has one of those faces the camera adores, and she is so right about holding something back- Miley et al should take note.

  22. Ginger says:

    More power to her posing nude at 40. She looks so plain in her daily life IMO but she really brings it when modeling.

  23. homegrrrral says:

    No. Just no. My 90s grunge angel is a centerfold. When I think of Pb It’s now synonymous w HH laying on his back in a viagra coma sharing the disease cheese. Gah ro sse!!
    Can’t. Pb=chiZ

  24. smee says:

    I like the the PB shoot – very vintage and classic. They did a great job, bc she doesn’t look like that when topless on a yacht, ya know.

  25. Blackbetty says:

    Wow they actually used a flat chested woman for once, what a change. Something I can relate too.

  26. Nina W says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she needs to get that mole looked at? Or is it a tattoo?

  27. kim says:

    just really really cute! Love it!

  28. LGBanks says:

    Kate Moss is great and all, but I think they definitely would sell way more copies if they got Kate Upton on the cover, along with an 18-page spread. Pun intended.