I am mildly obsessed with Kate Moss and I find her taste in men quite agreeable.
I spent my childhood preoccupied (to say the least) with popular culture. My first musical purchase was when I was 8 or 9, it was a 45 of The Rolling Stones "Start Me Up". When other girls were reading Sweet Valley High Books, I was reading Vogue. Before junior high was over, I had seen every movie Andy Warhol made. And, my first trip overseas, without my parents, was to Paris was when I was 18.
My obsession with fashion can be blamed on my mother (and my grandmother). My grandmother was a dress maker and my mom was her protege. My pre-occupation with music, art, travel, culture and everything else - well, I am unsure where all that came from, maybe because I am foreign? I certainly was not raised near people who bothered with those sorts of things. We can put it in the words of Gaga, I was born this way.
My favorite model growing up was Linda Evangelista. I was drawn her sharp features, her cold, glamorous glare, her androgyny, and her chameleon-like abilities to transform into almost anyone or anything. When I looked at pictures of Linda Evangelista, I saw: elegance, confidence, adaptability, accomplishment, sex, glamour and power. She was what a woman should be in every sense. She was gorgeous, womanly, and not meek. And she was not skinny (well, she was skinny but not waif-like thin), she was a woman.
Linda Evangelista was an icon of beauty, she was a brunette, she was bold, she had strength, she had sass, and, most importantly, she was timeless. She represented everything that I believed femininity to be, until I first saw Kate Moss.
My first encounter with Kate Moss was in 1992 when I was a sophomore in college living in a tiny apartment on Rawlings Street in Carbondale, Il. I picked up my Rolling Stone magazine and there she was, in a white bikini with every single bone in her body exposed. She was thin, she was frail, but she was hardly what anyone would describe as meek. From the very fist time I laid eyes on Kate Moss I saw something I had never seen in any other model, and, I could not quite place it. When you looked at her images, it was almost as if she was keeping a secret that you could never know.
When I look at photos of Kate Moss, what draws me most to her likeness is her ability to capture the dichotomy between: good and evil, sex and innocence, youthfulness and used up, or strung out and fresh as a daisy. And, I don't even think she tries.
Kate and her men.
My mild obsession with Kate Moss remained constant over the years. Therefore, it should not be too much of a surprise that I also find her choice in men to be of great interest. I mean, not because she is beautiful, but because she is interesting (or at least that is the assumption I've chosen to make).
Let us go down a list of men who have appeared in the life of Kate Moss and my thoughts on each man.
This just goes without saying. There are no words, he is Johnny Depp. Like most women, I would sell my soul to the devil, in exchange for five minutes with this man. (Take note, his current baby-mama, Vanessa Paradis, resembles Kate Moss.)
Kate Moss's baby-daddy. Jefferson Hack is the man who fathered Kate Moss's daughter Lila Grace. I had not heard of this Jefferson Hack prior to investigating the Men of Kate for this blog post. And, although he may not be the most handsome man, I certainly see something I like, he bears a resemblance someone I casually dated for a while. He is the editor for Dazed & Confused and has contributed to some other magazines. When I see read "co-founder and editor of a fashion / arts magazine" I quickly translate that to "broke mooch who likes to hang out with cool people."
Jefferson Hack seems to wear a lot of the same style, gray suit. I'm not saying he wouldn't win me over, in fact, he's probably quite the charmer. Those broke mooches usually are...and I fall for it every time.
My absolute favorite ex-boyfriend of Kate Moss, the vocalist and guitar player for the band Babyshambles. To me, he is tragic, yet beautiful. Reminds me of someone I once knew. When he and Kate were dating, he was young, on drugs and they were deliciously reckless. She is older and has the money, he was simply left behind to manage a horrible drug addiction on his own. If you google his name, you will see articles titled "Peter Doherty Drops Bag of Heroin in Courtroom." Make no mistake, this is not what turned me off, it was his weight gain that turned me off. I like really skinny guys.
He looks so good in this picture. I can look at this all night.
This is the man who Kate Moss recently married... and I think she picked the best option. I am not too familiar with Jamie Hince, I am familiar with his band, The Kills. Considering I'm not 20, I don't care who sings the songs I like, I just want the to sing them. While reading through his wiki and other sources, I feel like this Jamie Hince is pretty awesome. He is a solid musician who sites Patti Smith as an influence, anyone who sites Patti Smith as an influence (for anything) is OK in my book.
Hince is probably the least attractive of the Men of Kate, which also leads me to believe that this may be the real thing. Hince is older, he is 43 (ish), but age appropriate for the 37 year old Kate. I am really liking Jamie Hince... I am feeling it.
Too bad he just looks meh on stage.
But check out Jamie Hince on his wedding day. He looks sharp and they look fantastic together. She may be small and strong, but he seems like a more than adequate, and impressive match for Kate.
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