A ‘Common Bitch’ Who Made It: The Story of Kate Moss and Corinne Day

This article has no relevance to my client, but as I read it, I kept thinking back to our conversation yesterday about reflexivity and habitus.

Both reflexivity and habitus make sense, but they don’t quite work together in all cases.  It’s almost as if it is individual action v. society action.  This article displays how these two ideas can end up conflicting with each other.  In one instance, she talks about a Calvin Klein campaign she did right at the start of her career.  The article mentions that, “it was an unhappy set”.  Kate was topless, straddling Mark Wahlberg in the campaign.  “I didn’t feel like me at all”, Kate said after shooting.  This was interesting to me because it shows how she viewed herself versus how society would be viewing her.  This was not who Kate Moss thought she was, but she was still doing it.  This could be compared to the example used in class about our social codes.  We wave at someone when walking by, but do we really want to wave, or do we feel forced to because “it’s the right thing to do”, and so we unconsciously do it?

Another aspect that caught my attention was the fact that she was different when she started, she wasn’t like all the other supermodels at the time.  Kate was small and thin, she had scruffy-hair, and wore no makeup, she almost had a boyish appearance to her.  This was who she was though, this was the real Kate Moss.  The other models had, what society considered, perfect faces, perfect bodies, perfect everything.  This created a shift in the 1990’s, because of Kate Moss, “there was suddenly room for girls who, before, would have been too odd or too ugly”.  This again, ties back to what we discussed in class yesterday; extended reflexivity and the social change in late modernity.  This shift, interestingly enough, happened about 10 years after late modernity “ended”.

Link to Article.


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