Well, they say that if you’ve got it, flaunt it, but if you’ve still got it at 40, then hats off – and all the rest – to you! Supermodel Kate Moss has been confirmed to go commando on the cover of Playboy Magazine in commemoration of its 60th birthday anniversary, which will also turn out be a double celebration, with Moss’ own big 4-0, coming up in January. What better way for the woman, who has graced just about every other cover there is, to let it all hang out, if you’ve still got it that is, and Ms Moss certainly does.
Rumors had begun to circulate about the shoot from as early as June, but it seemed that neither party wanted to comment, until the Playboy’s recent confirmation of the booking, which is set to be revealed in the magazine’s December issue and will be sure to warm the cockles of male hearts in cold climates everywhere.
The supermodel that started her modeling career in the early 1990s has climbed to great heights, reaching iconic status in her field. Discovered in 1988 at JFK Airport by model agent matriarch Sarah Doukas, founder of London’s Storm Model Management, Kate Moss was a mere 14 years of age. She shot to fame at 16, following her first fashion spread and cover shoot for The Face magazine. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue approximately 30 times, as well as countless additional International Vogue covers since.
Moss has shot for elite photographers such as Mario Testino and Peter Lindbergh as well as having walked the runway for a plethora of the world’s top fashion designers. She is also the girl who has launched several cosmetic products for Rimmel, as well as designing her own collection for Top Shop.
Editorial director for Playboy, Jimmy Jellinek suggested that as a “massive global brand” that is Playboy, it needs a “global icon” such as Kate Moss to celebrate such a landmark for the magazine, adding that Moss would be ideal to help launch the magazine into its next 60 years.
Moss would not be the first supermodel to showcase her bits in a full frontal nude spread for Playboy – in fact it is not the first time she will be stripping off for a magazine either – but she will be in good company. Over the past years, her counterparts have travelled the same road before her, from supermodels Eva Herzigova, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Elle MacPherson and Cindy Crawford.
Other well-known celebrities on iconic Playboy founder Hugh Heffner’s payroll have been Dolly Parton, Pamela Anderson and Lizzie Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and former supermodel, Jerry Hall, who has also shot for the magazine. The acorn may not fall far from the tree, but what many may not be aware of is that the Duchess of Cambridge’s cousin, Katrina Darling, has also joined the bevvy of beauties to pose for Heff.
Heffner spoke to the LA Times about the magazine’s decision to choose Ms Moss for its landmark birthday anniversary:
“She’s a worldwide celebrity and iconic and crosses the boundaries from sexual to upscale modeling. It’s a natural for us.”
The news first came about when Moss’ hairdresser accidentally let slip that he had worked on the shoot with her back in June, sparking the rumors of Moss’ full monty magazine shoot. Besides baring her all, Moss is also reported in one shot to have donned the classic bunny ears, cuffs, silky stockings and a smile.
She was said to be so pleased with the shoot, that she commissioned the photorealist painter and photographer Chuck Close to recreate one of her works from the Playboy shoot.
Jellinek commented on the significance of Playboy’s 60th Anniversary shoot being that when Playboy first started six decades ago, it all had begun with blonde bombshell and screen siren, Marilyn Monroe and now Ms Moss is the stamp that seals its iconic status through to the next 60 years.
Full exposure of Kate Moss going commando for Playboy’s 60th will not provided here as this is considered a family publication. You’ll have to wait until December to see those for yourself.
Written by: Brucella Newman