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Nothing Feels As Good As Food Tastes

June 1, 2010

I’d be a an utter cultural leper if I tried to deny the influence wielded by a certain Kate Moss. I’m not going to link her, I’m pretty sure you know who she is. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Miss Moss. Her Rimmel adverts made her look (to me) like a dead cat;  her video collaboration with The White Stripes way back when was just dull; her relationship with Pete Doherty simply lacked credibility, and her Topshop range looked as though she’d taken season-old fashions and slapped on a couple of sequins and a ludicrous price-tag. Any fans of Kate are welcome to rebut my arguments. However much I dislike her, I will concede that her pop-culture clout is formidable.

And therein lies the rub. As a worldwide celebrity and supermodel, Moss must be aware of the impact her words will have on those who revere and idolise her. Leaving aside the issues of ‘celebrity responsibilty’, it’s just common sense. So for Moss to give her motto in an interview as “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is, quite frankly, disgusting. I don’t intend to revive old arguments about the size zero cult — my beef (pun intended) is with Kate Moss alone.

I know this isn’t recent news, but a conversation the other night brought it back into my awareness. Not only is Kate Moss potentially encouraging impressionable young girls with catwalk aspirations to develop eating disorders or starve themselves, she is also assuming the right of socio-cultural superiority because of her skeletal aesthetic. There are plenty of women who own their size. Aretha Franklin had more talent and cultural significance in her little finger than Moss has in her whole emaciated body. Beth Ditto of Gossip makes no qualms about being a ‘big girl’, and that’s what gives her the confidence necessary to become a successful musician. Even home-grown TV personalities such as Caroline Quentin and Dawn French prove that being stick-insect thin is not the key to public respect and adoration. With movies like Precious and shows like Glee bringing larger ladies to the fore, we can only hope that the dead-cat-look is on its way out, and that mantras such as Moss’s will eventually stop fuelling the insecurities of the international youth.

But how does Kate Moss feel about all this?

Big Mac Woman

Hungry, I’d assume.

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