After decades in the fashion spotlight, supermodel Kate Moss still has the power to fascinate and captivate – especially with her bare-all ad campaign for St. Tropez.
“I’ve used St. Tropez since [the brand] started,” Kate says about her devotion to the faux-tan beauty company. “The first time I went to Ibiza, I didn’t want to be the only pale person on the beach, so I got a St. Tropez tan. I’ve been using it ever since.”
Here, the 41-year-old model shares her summer beauty secrets, her changing perception of beauty and the lessons she hopes to pass on to her 12-year-old daughter, Lila Grace.
Since becoming the face of St. Tropez, what has been the best fake-tan tip you’ve picked up?
I always exfoliate before applying self-tan so it goes on smoothly and so you won’t create uneven patches. Also, always use the applicator mitt to avoid streaks and overly tanned hands.
Besides a tan, what’s the key to getting summer-ready?
Juicing. It gives you bright eyes with a bit of a twinkle and it keeps your hair shiny. I also go to Nichola Joss for facials. She does this massage for lymphatic drainage that’s so amazing, it’s like getting a natural facelift. When it comes to working out, I love yoga and have been working with my friend Nadia Narain for 15 years. I usually practise for an hour and a half, but Nadia actually just launched her own 20-minute Gentle Yoga DVD, which is great for travelling or days when you’re really busy.
How has the modelling landscape changed since you began?
Now, modelling is more about a unique, interesting, individualistic look. You don’t need to be perfect or conventionally pretty anymore. I don’t know that I’m responsible, but I think we really did change things when I started.
Do you think the industry’s perspective on age is also evolving?
I definitely think age is being celebrated more in fashion and beauty. Age is not an indicator of how sexy you should feel. I recently worked with Catherine Deneuve, and she’s still so sexy [at age 71]. I also really love the image of Jacqueline Bisset for Dior – I think she’s such a beautiful woman.
Speaking of positive female role models, what lessons do you hope to give your daughter?
Young girls, especially at school, have access to everything online, and there can be a lot of pressure to look a certain way. When it comes to creating positive body image, communication is really important. I always try to talk openly with my daughter, but I don’t encourage her to look up to specific people or celebrities – confidence needs to come from within.
You’re a muse to so many women; who are your muses?
I love Lauren Hutton and her fresh-faced, all-American look. She’s so vivacious that she doesn’t really need makeup, and to me, that relaxed look is so sexy. When it comes to style, I think she always looks comfortable but pulled together.