Kate Moss, the British fashion model who upended the 1990s with her unusual beauty and provocative statements, has one big regret from that era. She wishes she never said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
Those words ignited a heated debate over model weight, diet and health and the definition of “beauty” in the fashion industry, leading to reforms that put less emphasis on “thinness” and body image.
Kate, now 44, first uttered the phrase in 2009, but says it’s now no longer her credo. She noted how much the industry has improved since then.
“My friend used to say it, because you know, we were all living together, and you know, we’d go for the biscuits and go, ‘Oh, nothing tastes as g…’ It’s a little jingle,” she told Megyn Kelly.
“There’s so much more diversity now, I think it’s right. There’s so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and being represented for all of these people? So yes, for sure, it’s better,” she added.
The same year Kate’s infamous words inflamed the fashion world, model Katie Green launched the “Say No To Size Zero” campaign that lobbied for healthier standards for models.
“There are 1.1 million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss’s comments are likely to cause many more. If you read any of the pro-anorexia websites, they go crazy for quotes like this,” she charged at the time.
At the height of her career, Kate set the standard for beauty, even though her face is an angular looking, She launched the “waif” trend in fashion, also known as “heroin chic,” because of her look.
Kate said her reaction then and now is to “never complain, never explain.”
“Just get on with it, you can’t do anything about what people think about you or if they lie if it’s not true,” she said. “What they say or – just get on with it, it doesn’t matter because if you know who you are then you can get through.”
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