Supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of W magazine and as you can see in the photos below, the coverphoto and accompanying photospread have a bit of a good girl/bad girl thing going on. The photos, shot by photographer Steven Klein, appear to be religious themed with a dichotomy being drawn between good and evil. But even in the “good” photos, you can see a bit of daring bad girl in the styling. Anytime anyone uses religious imagery in art there is bound to be some level of controversy … and maybe that is the point. Click below to see the good AND naughty side of Kate Moss in the new issue of W magazine.
She’s been in the public eye for just over two decades, but it seems the world never tires of Kate Moss. And judging by her latest pictures, it’s not hard to see why. The supermodel demonstrates her talent for chameleon-like transformation, looking almost unrecognizable in her latest editorial shoot. Despite holding a crucifix and wearing a halo and white dress, the model looks more demonic than heaven-sent – with a strap-line that fittingly reads ‘She’s no angel’. The two covers of the March edition of W Magazine feature a ‘good’ Kate and a ‘bad’ Kate wearing black and white respectively. The first sees her styled … sporting a white habit by Erdem and lace dress by Vera Wang. The second, showing her ‘dark side’, shows Kate, clad in black with her hair swept back and sporting a vampish lip. The accompanying interview compares the 38-year-old model to the beautiful Dorian Grey, the protagonist in Oscar Wilde’s renowned novel who sells his soul to stay young while an ageing portrait in his attic reminds him of the effects of his debauched lifestyle. Author Will Self writes on the magazine’s website: ‘Moss has aged and continues to age—not gracefully, for she’s a suburban hellion from the outer limits of Cockneydom, but beguilingly. I think first of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde’s amorality tale, who looks upon the portrait of himself in the fullest fruition of youth and wishes that it would age in his stead. The truth is that (Kate’s) 38, twice married, and the mother of a 9-year-old girl. Her life has been a slalom through the toxicities of fame and success. Dark Moss and Light Moss. Bad Kate and Good Little Katie—simple dichotomizing is not what this dyad deserves. I look at the pictures of Moss dressed in black and think perhaps they’re of a great beauty meditating upon her own inner ugliness.’
Seemingly controversial or not, I love these photos. I can’t say I’m a huge Kate Moss fan, per se, but she does tend to look pretty spectacular in the hands of very talented photographers. Steven Klein is a genius. He tends to do this kind of religious-themed stuff with Madonna but it works well with Kate as well. I do love the good vs. bad angle but I feel that even the “good” photos look a bit naughty and bad. I am really looking forward to seeing these photos in large-size print when the magazine hits newsstands. I love these photos, do you?