Monday, August 14, 2006

Did Vanity Fair fact-check Moss homage?

AA Gill downloads a thousand misused adjectives on the subject of Kate Moss in the latest, gorgeous, edition of Vanity Fair: what a master of prose souffle he is. He seeks to explain Kate's resurgence in the wake of Hurricane Cocaine and concludes that, well, savour it for yourself:

"She said nothing. She did nothing. There was no contrite press release ... There is an old, stiff-lipped, patrician motto that could be stitched onto her pillow: NEVER EXPLAIN, NEVER COMPLAIN..."

Really? Adrian must have been in Albania when Kate issued this public statement, following splash tales of her powdery sniffings (not snortings!) on September 22, 2005:

"I take full responsibility for my actions, I also accept that there are various personal issues that I need to address and have started taking the difficult, yet necessary, steps to resolve them. I want to apologise to all of the people I have let down because of my behaviour, which has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates and others." She added she was trying to "stay positive" with the "invaluable support and love I have received." BBC News report

Sounds like a bit of strategic contrition to me, though I'm open to other constructions. But I think this rather knocks Adrian's theory on the head.
I wonder whether editor Graydon Carter will be demanding the return of the four-figure fee. Or maybe he promised Kate a mythologising history rewrite, from the hands of a compliant top-sterling hack, in return for her blinding September cover pic.

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