When a Product Becomes Too Successful
On this Vanity Fair cover, Moss looks like a million bucks—butt naked except for knee-high leather boots, elbow-length white kid gloves and a white fur hat decorated with a magnificent diamond and ruby broach in the style of Faberge. Her face is a miracle of beauty and elegance.
That this coke-head rated a cover photo and feature story titled, “The Silent Beauty,” is as much an insult as is the preposterous deck:
Seemingly too fragile, too real, too natural to survive the cutthroat fashion industry—let alone the vicious tabloid lashing she received last year—Kate Moss has not only become the blue-chip international supermodel but stayed true to herself. The secret of Moss’s decade-long reign, writes A. A. Gill, may lie less in what she’s done than in what she hasn’t.
In point of fact, Kate Moss has abused the hell out of herself and sans professional make-up her face is a wreck. To get a sense of what hoops Vanity Fair’s make-up people had to jump through to create this cover, you are invited to go to the end of last page of this story. You will see before-and-after pictures of Kate Moss—the Vanity Fair cover and a photo from the August 21 Daily Mail of Moss “… pictured leaving a Bali nightclub after an evening drinking cocktails, her shiny visage, dotted with spots, proved that hard living takes its toll even on supermodels.”
Is it true that beautiful people are not required to “just say no?”
The Two Insurmountable Problems of Vanity Fair
* Editorial Schizophrenia: Vanity Fair has morphed into a dichotomous publication, which is trying to satisfy two distinct audiences. For example, the cover promises “400 pages of clothes, Gossip and Mad Genius” in small type and then in large type touts stories about the Bushes—father and son, how the Air Force screwed up on 9/11, stories on being inside Baghdad and inside Hamas headquarters, as well as profiles of Sofia Coppola and Kate Moss, and a story on ballet by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Also promised: “The 2006 International Best-Dressed List: Who’s In, Who’s Out?”