Kate Moss Getting Her Birthday Suit On For Playboy's 60th
Kate Moss. The world's most famous supermodel. The center of heroin chic controversy. Loving mum. White Stripes music video superstar. And now, topless model for Playboy.
Hairstylist and chatty Cathy, Oribe Canales let it slip last week that Kate Moss will appear on the cover of the January 2014 edition of Playboy, to mark the magazine's 60th birthday. It's well timed, since it'll coincide with Kate's 40th - though apparently the shoot's already taken place.
Reports say that hotshot fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have already snapped Moss for the cover, and hairstylist Canales let slip that he'd acted as her hairdresser on the shoot. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are responsible for some of the most arresting fashion photos ever taken, so if they headed up the shoot, we're guessing the images are striking, regardless of what you think of the politics of Kate's cover choice. Check out some of their stuff below:
But nobody rumoured to be involved with the cover, aside from hair wizard Canales, have confirmed this and a Playboy rep said that the magazine had no comment "one way or the other". Slippery!
While this isn't the first time Kate's stripped off for the cameras (see the Corinne Day photos here
), this would be the first time in recent memory - she's the last of her high profile contemporaries to crack -Naomi, Claudia, Cindy, Elle and Eva have all posed for Playboy previously.
The New York Post reports that Kate has commissioned artist Chuck Close to do a painting based on the cover - interesting, as it wouldn't be the first time Chuck had captured Kate in her birthday suit. He took a series of photos
of her entirely naked back in 2003.
I think it's great PR for both Playboy and Kate and I'm sure the images will be suitably artsy. All the same, I can't help but feel disappointed if it's true. By appearing on the cover of Playboy, Kate's celebrating a form of female sexuality that feels dangerously retro - women as nice naked objects to stare at - and making that feel high fashion and contemporary. On the other hand, it's great that Playboy are choosing somebody a little older than their usual twenty-something bunnies to strip off for the cover .
What do you reckon? Does this count as progress or is it a step in the wrong direction? Sound off below!