You’ve probably stumbled across the saying "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" on some fitness blogger’s Instagram account or just heard the phrase said to you when you've reached for that second doughnut.
Kate Moss made that statement in a 2009 interview with WWD magazine. She seemed to say it flippantly and was just answering a question, but the words caused a stir at the time.
Katie Green, a former Ultimo model 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.”
Chief executive of eating disorder charity Beat, Susan Ringwood commented also commented: “…And it is young women between the age of 12-20 who are the most at risk from anorexia, which is unfortunately the same group that could be influenced by celebrity culture.”
Of course a spokesperson for Kate at the time said the quote was taken out of context, but the words still echoed contentiously around the globe.
And now, Kate is saying she regrets saying it at all.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly on NBC this week, the 44-year-old came clean about not really believing that mantra at all.
“My friend used to say it, because you know, we were all living together, and we’d go for the biscuits and go, 'Oh, nothing tastes as g—.' It’s a little jingle,” she said.
“There’s so much more diversity now, I think it’s right. There’s so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and being represented for all of these people? So yes, for sure, it’s better.”
And yes, Kate is right about there being more diversity not just in skin colour, but also when it comes to shapes and sizes of models in the industry nowadays. The industry is starting to be more inclusive and diverse, but it does still have a way to go when it comes to really being inclusive.
The point is that it’s still better than it was nine years ago when Kate said this quote.
Could this also have something to do with the fact that her 15-year-old daughter Lila Grace Moss Hack has also started modelling? When Kate was her daughter’s age she was already being photographed topless and not always willingly.
“Yes, there was pressure. I worked with a woman photographer called Corinne Day, and she always liked me with no top on, and I did not like it at all when I first started. I wouldn’t let my daughter do it. I look at her now, and she’s 15, and to think that I was going topless at her age is crazy,” she said. “They don’t have to do it if they don’t want to.”
May the positive changes continue.
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