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by nasa maria entaban
Three decades into her career, Kate Moss remains one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world.
THERE aren’t many people who can say they’ve had the same job for 25 years, have achieved great success in their field and still enjoy what they do.
From when she was first discovered in 1988 at the age of 14 until now, Kate Moss has remained one of the most sought-after models in the world, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.
One of the most bankable faces in the industry, the “world’s shortest supermodel” looks like she’s here to stay.
In the 90s, when she first rose to fame, the waify, five-foot, seven inches (170cm) model with a grungy edge was considered a bit of an “anti-supermodel” to the supermodels of the moment like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, who were tall and curvaceous.
However, there was something about her skinny, pale and controversial “heroin chic” look that worked – before long she was landing contracts with top brands and designers including Calvin Klein, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Bulgari.
In a recent article published in Interview magazine, the British model revealed that while she was a little indimidated as a teenager by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington, they were nice to her.
“They were nice. And I was quite streetwise. I still knew things. I even knew about some things that they didn’t,” said Moss, who is married to musician Jamie Hince and has an 11-year-old daughter, Lila, from a previous relationship. “But they were amazing. They showed me the ropes, really. If I hadn’t been with them, I would have been screwed. They really protected me.”
More than just walking the runway and posing for photos, Moss has become something of an icon, and has dabbled in many other projects. She has designed a line for Topshop, appeared in several music videos, has been a muse for contemporary artists, has released a book (Kate: The Kate Moss Book) and is involved in several charities.
The hazel-eyed supermodel is more popular than ever, and hasn’t stopped trying her hand at new things.
This year, she designed fashionable smartphone and tablet accessories with UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, signed on as the new face and body of self-tan brand St. Tropez and even designed a sushi box for French chain Sushi Shop.
Her fame has come with a price, as Moss has had her fair share of controversy, documented in tabloids that have published stories on her private life, alleged drug use, party lifestyle, anorexia, and so on.
“It was horrible, especially the anorexic thing,” Moss said in an article published in Allure magazine. “The heroin, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s ridiculous. I know I don’t do heroin. Just because I wear a bit of black eyeliner that’s smudged...’”
Somehow, Moss has been able to handle these scandals well, keeping mum on the accusations and drawing on advice from her ex, Johnny Depp, who told her: “Never complain, never explain.”
In the same article, Moss talked a little about her style and why it’s important to adapt style to yourself, instead of the other way around.
“I try and be a little bit chic,” she told Allure. “I wouldn’t wear sweatpants. I wouldn’t wear a twinset. 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 make-up – their woman. I just think it’s boring. You have to make it your own. That’s what fashion is all about.”
“Always clean hair. That’s a must. If in doubt, wash it,” added Moss.
Moss has done everything from perfume and make-up to luxury fashion and underwear campaigns, but for the first time ever she has signed on to promote a hair product.
In all her years in the industry, Kérastase is the first haircare brand Moss has chosen to represent – she will front the ads for its debut styling line, Couture Styling.
“Their products are fantastic! I have been using them for years. I love especially the Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche range, the Bain and the Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk. It is perfect for me, as it is specifically designed for coloured hair,” said Moss in a press release.
For the campaign, Moss worked with Luigi Murenu, a stylist she has known for many years.
“Luigi is a great friend of mine and we have worked together for many years on lots of editorial shoots. So I was very excited when the opportunity came up to collaborate with him and the brand Kérastase,” she said.
The black and white shoot, where Moss’s blond locks are styled big and wavy, 50s glam and bedroom chic, shows that the top model is radiant as ever.
“The shoot was really fun, working with the photograph Solve Sundbo always is. And I am really happy with the three final shots they have decided to pick for the ads. I like the way my hair is worked, completely different one from another.”
With yet another endorsement to add to her long list of achievements, it’s going to be exciting to see what Moss will come up with next, because from the look of it, she isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon.
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