In 2009, Kate Moss was asked during interview if she had any life mottos. She famously responded, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” As much as we can chuckle about that one-liner as adults, either as a cheeky comment on the fashion industry or as insight Kate’s priorities, the “motto” is hardly something we would like our kids to internalize.
The clothing company Zazzle apparently saw nothing irksome about emblazoning the saying on a t-shirt — not for adults, mind you, but for kids. Advertisements for the t-shirt have been banned in the UK by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Daily Mail reports that quick and clever comments like these that seemingly condone eating disorders are exactly the kind tidbits that keeps “thinspiration” websites thriving:
Former Ultimo model Katie Green, of the Say No to Size Zero campaign, said at the time: ‘There are 1.1million eating disorders in the UK alone. Kate Moss’s comments are likely to cause many more. If you read any of the pro-anorexia websites they go crazy for quotes like these.’
Kate’s motto is just one of many problematic messages that often gets printed on clothes for little girls. There may have been a kerfuffle surrounding this one quote, but the message to girls about prioritizing their looks and their sex appeal — above all other attributes — is hardly new when it comes to their garments.