Kate Moss in quotes: ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ and other career-defining statements from fashion's silent supermodel

As she celebrates the launch of her new Topshop collection, here are the stories behind five of her most iconic quotes

She’s the "most iconic model" of all time, and has graced the covers of more than 300 magazines over the course of her 25 year career. 

She’s also a "bad role model", according to her critics, who, as ever, are eager to dredge up the scandal that’s plagued her success and cram their pages full of unflattering images of the "world’s most beautiful woman" rolling out of bars.

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"Cocaine Kate," the headlines called her. "Waif," came the term coined by her threadlike frame, which inspired a new breed of “skinny” in fashion that all but wiped out the muscular Amazons that were the 80s supers. "And with their extinction rose a new disease," spat the press. "Don’t blame Kate," fashion hit back.

 

The world has always had a lot to say about Kate Moss. More, it seems, than the famously silent supermodel has ever had to say about herself. We all know her face, but few of us would recognise her voice if we heard it. And yet when she does speak – during those sparse, rarely granted interviews, in that lightly polished Croydon drawl – her words become almost as career-defining as her image itself.

So, as she celebrates her 40th year and the launch of her brand new design collaboration with Topshop, here are the stories behind five of her most iconic quotes.

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."

By far her most famous quote, it is also her most controversial. She made it during an interview with fashion magazine WWD in 2009 when answering the question: "Do you have any mottos?" Her answer spawned a slew of complaints from body image campaigners, who claimed the supermodel – the pioneer of the ‘waif’ in fashion – encouraged eating disorders. 

Former Ultimo model Katie Green, who launched the Say No To Size Zero campaign the same year, said at the time: "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."

Far less eloquently, presenter Denise Van Outen said: "Kate Moss is talking out of her Size Zero backside."

"Never complain. Never explain."

As mottos go, this is certainly one the model has stuck to. She is the last to respond for requests for comment on any of the spurious stories surrounding her personal life, and the last to complain about the fame and fortune that has placed her in such a position in the first place.

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Don Juan De Marco' Beverly Hills Premiere at The Academy in Beverly Hills Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Don Juan De Marco' Beverly Hills Premiere at The Academy in Beverly Hills But few know where said motto actually comes from. 

“I was lucky to be with Johnny [Depp]... he taught me a lot about fame," she told Vanity Fair magazine’s December 2012 issue of her relationship with the actor in the 90s.

"He told me 'never complain, never explain'. That's why I don't use Twitter and things like that. I don't want people to know what is true all the time and that's what keeps the mystery."

"I got tired of feeling like Dracula. I wanted to see some daylight, and not just at six o’clock in the morning."

In 1997, Kate Moss’ life was spiralling out of control. Word of her hard partying, her drugs and alcohol abuse became all too frequent tabloid fodder and, after appearing on the Versace catwalk for her last fashion appearance of the year, she checked herself into the Churchill Priory clinic for four weeks of rehab.

"It was just a build-up, really," she added in Kate Moss: Inside The World’s Most Famous Wardrobe. "I was definitely living fast… I was not very happy. I was doing things that weren’t good for me."

 "I don’t know. ’Cause it’s the Daily Mail? They just get on everyone’s tits, don’t they?"

Touché, Daily Mail. Moss had just walked in a fetish-themed show for Louis Vuitton, in which she made a triumphant return to the runway smoking a cigarette in PVC hotpants. In typical fashion, the paper chose to focus its tab on her catwalk comeback on her barely-there cellulite and barely visible signs of aging.

"Very obvious crow’s feet and lines beneath her eyes as well as blemished skin from years of smoking and drinking," they wrote. Kate made the statement in response to a question posed to her by a journalist from the New Yorker, who wanted to know why they felt the paper had targeted her aging. And so this gem of a quote was born.

  Kate Moss posing next to 'She's Light' by artist Chris Levine during a press view Kate Moss posing next to 'She's Light' by artist Chris Levine during a press view

“I don't like doing pictures as myself. I like to be made into someone else.”

Despite everything everyone thought they knew about the girl from Croydon who was discovered at JFK Airport at the tender age of 15, she revealed a self-consciousness and shyness during an interview in 1999 that few realised existed.

Why? Because the confident epitome of cool she exuded through the pages was only partly of her own creation.

"As everyone knows there is maximum control of her image by her agent [Sarah Dukas], but this was something else,"said Dominique Miceli, director of an unauthorised new Kate Moss documentary called Looking For Kate, which was screened in France on Sunday.

"To find out what's hiding behind the mask of the world's best-known women, you have to dig," he says during the introduction. "With all the problems that brings: the silence of her friends, the threats from those close to her and a host of other such kindnesses…

"But perhaps that's the real secret of her success: the mystery. The whole world knows her without really knowing her."

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