Kate Moss’ Cocaine Use
Originally from the unglamorous south London suburb of Croydon, teenager Moss was discovered in 1988 at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. Two years later, topless pictures of the 14-year-old were splashed across billboards amid condemnation of Moss’ waifish appearance, blank stare and emaciated figure. It was the media that fueled Moss’ rise with constant shots of the wide-eyed, 5-foot-6 beauty – and the paparazzi were just as quick to help her fall.
The September 2005 pictures of Moss allegedly snorting cocaine in a London studio with lover Pete Doherty have turned the 31-year-old fashion icon into a pariah, with fashion companies canceling her contracts. First dropping came from the Swedish fashion retailer H&M, followed by Chanel and Burberry. The images were captured during a Daily Mirror undercover investigation which revealed that Moss, who repeatedly denied taking Class As substances such as cocaine, was a seasoned user. She prepared up to 20 lines of coke on the back of a plastic CD cover in just 40 minutes. Moss issued an apology, but stopped short of admitting drug use. Her dramatic fall has forced a re-think on fashion’s role models, and has raised questions about how an industry notorious for its drug-fueled party life can cultivate Moss’ bad-girl image, then turn on her once that image matches reality.
However, she rebounded quickly: Moss continued to appear in major ad campaigns for Dior, and was on the cover of the November 2005 W and also appeared inside in a multi-page fashion shoot. She was also defended by high-profile friends and supporters, including designer Alexander McQueen. who wore a t-shirt saying “We love you Kate” during his walk-out after a fashion show.