Just last Wednesday, Kaitlin Williams bemoaned what’s felt like a never-ending winter. But it seems like spring might finally be ready to be sprung. I say this because, last night, we set the clocks forward, anticipating the time of year when the sun doesn’t drop at 5pm sharp. And there was another surefire sign today—as I walked past the newsstand, I couldn’t help but notice this gorgeous image of Kate Moss, hair bedecked in flowers, peering at me from the cover of W Magazine. Wow, Kate just knows how to shoot a magazine cover, doesn’t she?
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By Kate Torgovnick
I would like to wish Kate Moss a very, very happy birthday. The supermodel—and one of patron saints of this website—turned 39 yesterday. How did she celebrate her birthday? With a trip to the pub with hubby Jamie Hince.
To Moss, the only woman who can work sequins and glitter at the same time. Love Kate, too? Check out Kate-book.com’s favorite of her 32 Vogue covers >>
Kate Moss is very into leopard print on the beach. And she is also apparently very committed to the cause of finding the strangest beach ensemble ever. Last week, she amazed us by combining and neon yellow top and striped bathing suit bottoms with a leopard print belt. But over the weekend, she confused us even more with this retro leopard print bikini — possibly not coordinating — with a floral jacket. Why is she choosing these options for the beach? And what’s up the eyeliner? How does it sat on in the waves?
So, so many questions.
By Kate Torgovnick
Kate Moss believes that her tramp stamp, err, lower back tattoo is worth millions. Why so expensive? Because the tatt was inked by painter Lucian Freud.
In 2002, Moss said in an interview that Freud was the person in the world she would most like to meet. Soon after, his daughter Bella Freud called up Moss to broker a chance for the two to meet.
As Moss explains, “[He] told me about when he was in the navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing.’ And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like? Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ I said, ‘I like birds.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done birds. I’ve got it in my book.’”
In the end, Moss opted for two swallows. And, should her career tank, the two birds are her backup plan.
“I mean, it’s an original Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million?” she says in her Vanity Fair cover story, reports the Huffington Post. “If it all goes horribly wrong I could get a skin graft and sell it! It’s probably the only one on skin that’s still around, because when he was in the navy he was about 19. Can you imagine?”
By Kate Torgovnick
As per usual, it looks like the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.
- Katie Holmes gets lots of applause in previews for “Dead Accounts.” [People]
- And gives this great quote in an article about the play: “I still think of myself as Midwestern. I mean, I’ve had box wine. It’s good. And it’s a lot easier to open.” [NY Times]
- Yee haw! Kate Walsh is working on a new sitcom. It’s loosely based on her life and her co-writer is her boyfriend. [Starpulse]
- In the meantime, she’s “making the most of every second” she has left making “Private Practice.” [Access Hollywood]
- She also posted a pre-election video explaining exactly why she supports Barack Obama. [Examiner.com]
- Katie Couric tours Staten Island and The Rockaways, two areas absolutely devastated by Hurricane Sandy. [Huffington Post]
- Speaking of the hurricane, here’s a bizarre article from last Friday about the celebrities still without power in New York. Just saying’: odd angle, no? [E! Online]
- Catherine Keener talks about learning to play the viola for her latest movie, about a string quartet falling apart on its 25th anniversary. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, wants people to focus on Kate Middleton‘s “great work” rather than her topless photo scandal. [Examiner.com]
- Speaking of Middleton, Kim Kardashian wants to visit her on her upcoming trip to the UK. [Huffington Post]
- Middleton and Prince William go on a date to see “Skyfall.” [Perez Hilton]
- And to a fundraising dinner for their alma mater, St. Andrews University, in London. [CBS News]
- To this event, Midleton dared to wear a drew we’ve already seen. [Us Weekly]
- Kate and sister Pippa also made an appearance at a charity shopping event. I’m guessing that she just didn’t find a new dress she loved there. [ABC News]
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were apparently thrilled by Barack Obama’s re-election and sent him a congratulations note. [Perez Hilton]
- Some Kates who won in the election: Kate Harper was re-elected into the 61st district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Kate Brown won a second term as Secretary of State in Oregon, Kate Hogan won re-election for the Massachsetts state Senate, and Kathleen Kane was elected Pennsylvania attorney general.
- Woo hoo! Keds has teamed up with Kate Spade. [Glamour]
- Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is a National Book Award finalist. [Huffington Post]
As described earlier today, Kate Moss says in the new issue of Vanity Fair that she couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks after shooting her iconic Calvin Klein ads with Mark Wahlberg because she was so depressed about having to strip down for it. So how raunchy were these ads? Yeah, they’re a bit racier than I remember. Peep two more after the jump, as well as Moss’ Obsession perfume ads, which also had her feeling down.
Kate Moss was the face of the 1990s. She began modeling at age 15 and, soon after appearing on the cover of The Face magazine, was launched into the stratosphere of Calvin Klein Jeans model. The rest is, of course, waify and hallow-eyed history. But Moss is now opening up about her early years and revealing that they weren’t half as beautiful as one would think.
Moss shares her famous visage on the December cover of Vanity Fair magazine and, inside, she gets really real with interviewer James Fox — revealing that her teenage years were full of anxiety and trauma.
“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts,” says Moss of her famous Calvin Klein shoot, topless and straddling Mark Wahlberg. “It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die … It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally [in modeling]. There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with Steven Meisel. It was just really weird — a stretch limo coming to pick you up from work. I didn’t like it. But it was work, and I had to do it.”
Moss appears totally comfortable with nude and topless shots these days — in fact, she even bares her chest for this Vanity Fair spread, which you can see after the jump — but she says that while racy shots made her famous, doing them was terrible for her as a teenager.
Oh how I miss The White Stripes, who disbanded almost two years ago. (For those who missed it, ‘debanded’ was a pun. Get it?) In this video from 2007, Jack and Meg White commissioned friend Kate Moss to do what she does best—sprawl about in next to no clothing, looking waifish, sexy and completely disinterested in the world at the same time. I thought I’d show this Sofia Coppola-directed video this week in an ode to Moss.
Yes, Kate Moss may be know her physics. But she is not nearly as awesome at doling out career advice. According to DJ Nick Grimshaw, a friend of Moss’ who is set to take over the morning show on Radio 1 next month, Moss told him to play hard-to-get with his new audience and employer.
Grimshaw shared with The Sun that, “When I got the job, Kate said to me ‘What you wanna do, darling, is do what I do. Sometimes I go to work. Sometimes I go to work hungover. Sometimes I don’t turn up at all. People love that. They don’t know what to expect.’”
I guess I’ll be the one to share with Nick what to expect if he takes Kate advice—a pink slip and an hour to vacate the premises.
Kate Moss isn’t just a pretty face. According to particle physicist Brian Cox, once the keyboard player for the boy band D:Ream, when the two made small talk at an after-party for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics, Moss dazzled him with her science knowledge.
“Kate was asking me some extraordinarily detailed questions about the universe. She really knows her stuff,” said Cox.
Apparently, it’s Moss’ daughters fault. Cox shares with the Daily Mail that 10-year-old Lila Grace is a huge fan of his BBC show, Wonders of the Universe.
“She also had some questions from her daughter Lila Grace which were pretty complicated,” says Cox. “I was impressed.”
By Kate Torgovnick
Alas, there was no Kate Bush in last night’s Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. But another Kate made up for the loss—Kate Moss. Appearing in person from behind a gigantic photo of herself, Moss stunned in a floor-length golden dress, her cheekbones catching the light just so. Moss stomped down a Union-Jack-turned-catwalk for a segment about the tie between music and fashion that has long existed in the UK.
But as Moss and fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell took to the catwalk, not everyone applauded. The Daily Mail reports that Twitter was abuzz that these two bad girls were being honored on the Olympic floor. Moss was caught on camera a few years back snorting cocaine, while Campbell has been accused of assault by cell phone multiple times.
Some choice Twitter quotes:
By Kate Torgovnick
George Michael sure loves a ’90s supermodel—we know this after obsessive viewings of his video for “Freedom” starring Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford. But Michael’s newest video seems to give a hint about the identity of his favorite supermodel of the era. Over the weekend, Michael released a teaser snippet of his newest song, “White Light,” and guess who stars in the video? None other than Kate Moss. The video starts with a close-up of Moss’ face as she looks down and dramatically flips a coin.
Update: the full video after the jump.