Kate Moss is known for many things, but the spoken word isn’t one of them. In part, it’s down to the radio silence approach she has assumed for much of her 25-year career.
“I used to get very ill just worrying about [interviews] before they came out,” she told T magazine in 2010. “I just didn’t like it. When I first started out I did press because I wasn’t really aware that they would write something really horrible but then they did.” That, combined with her realisation that “a lot of the time you walk in a room they already know what they want to write about you”, led to the Garbo-esque approach which, it could be argued, has helped her achieve the iconic status she now, and will forever, hold.
Even in this age of social media, Moss has declined to sign up and share the slightest detail (though she does have a secret, protected Instagram account), something she credits to her most famous ex, Johnny Depp.
“He told me ‘never complain, never explain’. That’s why I don’t use Twitter and things like that,” she told Vanity Fair in 2012. “I don’t want people to know what is true all the time and that’s what keeps the mystery.”
But avoiding social media, arguably the source of many a newsworthy quote in this day and age, hasn’t helped her to avoid quotation controversy.
When asked if she had any mottos by WWD in 2009, she tactlessly responded: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” The comment sparked uproar and Moss was condemned for glamorising and encouraging eating disorders.
Years of silence and a little controversy aside, when Moss has spoken, she’s given us some tasty insights into her life and career, here are some of the best and what they say about her…
“I see a 16-year-old now and to ask her to take her clothes off would feel really weird. But they were like, if you don’t do it, then we’re not going to book you again,” she told Vanity Fair in 2012.
Sure, Moss may be known for her lack of inhibitions – it didn’t take Playboy to get her full-frontal nude, she’d been doing it for years – but that hasn’t always been the way. She was just 16 when she unwillingly shot her famed topless shoot for The Face with Corinne Day, the photos that launched her career. When the world’s biggest model is questioning the industry’s interaction with young models, surely that’s a wake-up call.
“I’m not going to be horrible just for the sake of having attitude or make other people feel small just to make me feel bigger.”Of all the stories you hear about Moss, it’s rare for them to involve tales of diva behaviour. In fact of those who’ve worked with her, you’ll struggle to find a bad word to be said about either her or her work ethic.
“I thought we might all burst into flames, all the crap we’ve done,” she told Vanity Fair of the guests at her church wedding, deliciously consolidating all of those raucous rumours we’ve heard. Of course, we’ll never really know what “all that crap” is, it’s part of the ‘Moss mystery’.
“I have met almost everyone I’ve wanted to meet.”
How many people can say that at age 40?
“People think your success is just a matter of having a pretty face. But it`s easy to be chewed up and spat out. You`ve got to stay ahead of the game to be able to stay in it.”
And that’s exactly what Moss has done. Proving there’s more to her than just a pretty face, she’s managed to work seamlessly through three different decades, where other models have come to be defined by, and confined to, just one.
“I want to live my life in a way that when I get really old, I look back at my life and say: aaah I lived it, not survived it.”
We could all learn a little something from this one, couldn’t we?