How did smoking affect Kate Moss?

How did smoking affect Kate Moss?

 

Kate Moss has been photographed smoking on and off the catwalk. She isn’t the only celeb to smoke. But how much does she smoke and how has it affected her health?

Celebrities who smoke

They’ve been snapped by the paparazzi plenty of times with a cigarette. Just because they are celebrities, they aren’t immune to the addictive qualities of nicotine and the cravings. A life on the red carpet might look glamorous, but life in the limelight can be stressful. Some celebrities turn to smoking as stress relief. This can kick start a habit into the addictive world of cigarettes. Other celebs are likely to smoke as part of their hedonistic, wild lifestyle. Drink, drugs and partying. Some stars never seem to have the night off.

Female celebrity smokers

These female celebs have all been snapped smoking during their careers:

  • Katy Perry 
  • Britney Spears
  • Rihanna
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Jessica Alba
  • Adele
  • Lady Gaga
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Eva Mendes
  • Kate Winslet

Why do celebrities smoke?

Back in the day, smoking was associated with major glamour and glitz. Hollywood stars of the early days were regularly snapped with a cigarette in hand. One of the most iconic film posters - - Breakfast and Tiffany’s, of course - features a young Audrey Hepburn. Her long cigarette holder was synonymous with sophistication and she made it look elegant and desirable. 

Nowadays images of smoking are more often associated with stop smoking leaflets. Although smoking in the general population has declined, many famous folk are still partial to a cigarette every now and then. 

What about Kate Moss?

Kate Moss, or Katherine Anne Moss, was only 14 years old when she secured her first modelling job. During the 1990s, her slim figure contrasted with the more curvaceous models of the time. Compared to supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson, Moss cut a different figure on the catwalk. Flat-chested and without hips, her unique look gained her supermodel status. 


She was part of the heroin chic style. Popular in the 1990s, this fashion trend featured gaunt, androgynous models with pale skin and emaciated features. This look was typical of heroin users. The trend coincided with the release of iconic films like Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction. Both of these films memorably focused on the theme of drug abuse and heroin addiction.


Since her discovery, her career as an international model has gone from strength to strength. In 2007, Time magazine recognised her as one of the world’s most influential people. By 2012, she was listed second in the Forbes top earning models list. Kate Moss has become one of the most famous fashion models, designers and influencers. She is still considered a style icon at the age of 48. 


Over her career, she has been associated with many advertising campaigns. Some of the most famous ones include:

  • Chanel
  • Versace
  • Calvin Klein
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Gucci

Kate famously modelled for Louis Vuitton during Paris Fashion Week. She confidently smoked a cigarette as she strutted down the catwalk. A controversial move considering it was No Smoking Day.

How much did Kate Moss smoke?

Smoking appears to have been the habit of a lifetime for Kate Moss. She is still seen smoking at the age of 48. But, supermodel or not, she definitely won’t be immune to the damaging impact of smoking. 

Kate Moss was the original wild child of the modelling world. It has been reported that Kate’s modelling contracts had cigarette breaks written in. One cigarette break every 15 minutes! That all adds up to a lot of tobacco consumption. 

Smoking has long been associated with models and other famous stars. One reason is that nicotine is known to be an appetite suppressor. This is why some people are adverse to the idea of giving up smoking. They worry that stopping smoking means swapping cigarettes for snacks. 

And while there is evidence that smoking suppresses your appetite, it doesn’t necessarily mean all ex-smokers will pile on the pounds. In fact, it can often kick-start a healthier lifestyle as a whole. Without smoke, you are able to exercise much more easily as your lungs start working at their full capacity. 

How has smoking affected Kate Moss?

What is the impact of a lifetime of smoking on Kate Moss? The full effects are difficult to judge. But there are some visible consequences. A photo published in the Daily Mail shows Kate taking a drag on a cigarette. The fine wrinkle lines around her mouth are clear to see. 

Skin wrinkles and ageing

Smokers have visible signs of ageing. Many years of repeatedly dragging on a cigarette have caused the appearance of fine lines around Kate’s lips. Smoking causes skin damage as a result of the toxins contained in cigarettes. Smokers have less elastin and collagen which means the skin is less elastic. 

Dark spots

Dark spots are caused by a buildup of melanin in the skin. Smokers tend to have higher levels of melanin than non-smokers. This creates visible dark spots and uneven pigmentation. Dark spots and wrinkles are just a couple of ways smoking can damage the skin Yet they can be reduced by quitting smoking. 

The hidden damage

Under the surface, smoking related damage is likely to have occurred in the lungs and potentially other organs of the body. Smoking changes the chemistry of the brain. So what does smoking actually do to your body? Physically, it can lead to heart disease and cancer. It can reduce immunity and lead to mental health issues. The risks really aren’t worth it. With so many ways to support your smoking cessation, the path to a smoke free you is just one decision away. 

What’s next for Kate Moss?

The wild lifestyle of cigarettes and partying could be a thing of the past for Kate Moss. According to various sources, she has swapped the jet setting for a peaceful life in the Cotswolds. More recently, sources say she is launching a beauty and wellness brand - Cosmoss. Due to launch in September 2022, the brand draws on Kate’s life experiences offering products that promote self care.


Some of the lifestyle changes she has reportedly made include:

  • Getting a good night’s sleep - the importance of restful shut eye can’t be underestimated. A bedtime routine can help you drop off to dreamtime.
  • Cutting down on booze - drinking can be a trigger for smoking and the sober life is becoming more on trend
  • Taking up yoga - to keep healthy and reduce stress, yoga has physical as well as spiritual benefits

If you are a smoker, it’s never too late to quit and reap the benefits. However long you’ve been a smoker, from the minute you quit, your body starts the journey towards wellness. If Kate can do it, why not you? And we know our Ripple+ aromatherapy diffusers will help ease your journey to a smoke free lifestyle. Relax with a puff on a Ripple+ and remind yourself how fabulous you are. Even supermodels need some downtime.