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"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" – it's a line many of us will have heard at some point, particularly the generation that grew up reading magazines plastered with photos of celebrity "beach bodies" and brands that encouraged diets that often consisted of nothing but cereal.
The phrase – which for many, became a mantra to be repeated whenever lunch or dinner time rolled around – has undoubtedly had an impact. But now, almost two decades on from when it was first uttered, the person credited with popularising the infamous line – supermodel Kate Moss – has spoken out about the criticism she received for it.
In fact, the 48-year-old says she didn't even come up with the phrase – which was adopted by pro-anorexia websites – but rather it was something she picked up as her motto after seeing it on the fridge of her housemate, hairdresser James Brown, who had put it there as a joke. Her use of the phrase further cemented her as the poster girl for 'heroin chic', an aesthetic described as "pale skin, dark circles underneath the eyes, emaciated features, androgyny and stringy hair – all traits associated with abuse of heroin or other drugs."
But Moss disagrees with how her name became synonymous with the 'heroin chic' look, this week saying on BBC's Desert Island Discs: "I think I was a scapegoat for a lot of people’s problems."
She went on, "I was never anorexic — I never have been. I had never taken heroin. I was thin because I didn’t get fed at shoots or shows and I had always been thin."
Previously, the supermodel revealed she regrets her "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" comment, adding that she welcomes how diverse the current modelling industry is in comparison to when she was at the top. "There's so much more diversity now, I think it's right," she told NBC (via BBC) in 2018. "There's so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and being represented for all of these people?"
Since opening her own modelling agency, Moss says she's changed for the better too. "I take care of myself now, I'm a good girl," she said. "I go to bed, I drink lots of water, not too much coffee, and I'm trying to cut down on cigarettes."
If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s health, you can contact Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677 or beateatingdisorders.org.uk.
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