“KATE’S curves” are not a phrase I imagined I would ever write in reference to super-model Kate Moss.
Yet here I am, talking about the Croydon-born fashion icon after she was spotted on a yacht holidaying in Saint-Tropez with her boyfriend Count Nikolai von Bismarck, 31, and daughter Lila, 16.
The 44-year-old was pictured wearing a Vivienne Westwood string bikini and a healthy glow — looking the best she has in years.
And that includes having a more voluptuous and, dare I say, attainable figure.
“Hoorah!” I can hear women cheering. Could this FINALLY be the pivotal moment we’ve all been hoping for?
Kate, arguably Britain’s most influential model and for years the poster girl for waif-like super-skinny bodies, has embraced her figure and stopped promoting the non-sense that thin is the only “in”.
Now we should all follow Kate’s lead.
We became used to seeing the wild party girl falling out of taxis, fag in one hand, alcohol in the other, but now the mum of one has had a lifestyle overhaul.
Kate’s younger sister, Lottie, 20, said: “Kate is not drinking any more, she is fully clean. She’s settled down and is happy with her new guy.”
Swapping booze for green juice, Kate has been teetotal for a year, goes to the gym three times a week and uses anti-ageing supplement Lumity.
She also follows an 80/20 diet where she is careful what she eats 80 per cent of the time, but has what she wants for 20 per cent.
This from the woman who famously, and dangerously, said: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” It was a mantra that rang out to a generation of impressionable teenagers, myself included.
Kate had clearly never bitten into a juicy Big Mac at 2am after a night out, I tried to remind myself. But still that skeletal frame stuck in my mind as how fashionable women should look.
She was at the helm of the worrying Nineties “heroin chic” where curves were most certainly undesirable.
She fuelled a movement that led to other vulnerable models feeling as though the only way to make it in the industry was to starve. Size zero was the catwalk ideal — and Kate was the perfect example.
But this year, nine years after she first said that sentence, to WWD magazine, Kate has retracted it.
Speaking to NBC, she revealed: “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. But there is so much more diversity now. I think it’s right.”
I couldn’t agree more. The fashion industry still has a long way to go but is finally accepting that women come in all shapes and sizes.
Of course, naturally thin women need to be included — but starving yourself should not be encouraged. Kate’s quest to keep skinny with her “jingle” didn’t come without its troubles.
These have included stints in rehab, alleged drug-taking, drunken rows on easyJet flights and a string of tumult-uous relationships.
Looking back, it seems ludicrous that women like me ignored all these struggles, for the sake of a thigh gap like Kate.
Yet, here she is in the prime of her life looking a little heavier — and a lot happier. It’s not hurting her bank balance, either.
Mossy has regained her title as the UK’s highest-paid model, according to her latest company accounts — raking in nearly £9million this year, thanks to multiple business deals.
As the face of lucrative advertising campaigns, a contributing editor for British Vogue magazine, and with her own modelling agency under her Gucci belt, Kate’s career is continuing to go from strength to strength. I only hope this helps her to become a new poster girl — the one that shows women they should no longer feel pressured to look a certain way. It’s everything in moderation, Kate.
Could she have realised that having fun, living life and a chocolate bar every now and again, tastes MUCH better than skinny feels?
I certainly hope so.