Kate Moss Posing For Playboy: Why We're Interested

She's not the bunny ear type (Photo by Getty)The long-standing rumors are (sorta) true: Kate Moss is posing for Playboy.

According to Refinery 29, who got the scoop from Moss’ hair stylist Oribe on Sunday during his La Fama hair show in Miami, Moss will appear on the cover of the January 2014 issue for Playboy's 60th anniversary.

Whether it's just a rumor remains to be seen but is the news all that surprising?

For one thing, landing the cover of Playboy isn’t exactly scandalous. Celebs who have posed (Kim Kardashian, Tara Reid, Denise Richards, Drew Barrymore) have done so wearing bathing suits or T-shirts. Madonna wore a black jacket over a black lace shirt and black pants on one of her Playboy covers, and even former Playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriends and stars of the reality television show, “The Girls Next Door” posed wrapped head-to-toe in a bed sheet. Plus, the celebs that have gone naked for the cover, such as Lindsay Lohan and Pam Anderson, strategically covered themselves with a prop. 

Also, we don’t need to rely on Playboy if we want to see Kate Moss naked. If you haven’t seen her fully in the flesh, see here, here, here, and here. Oh, and here.

What’s far more interesting than a naked Kate Moss is the how the world of lad mags and high fashion has become seemingly interchangeable. In May, bikini model and curvy lad mag favorite Kate Upton bounced her way onto the cover of the fashion bible Vogue, a move that signified the high fashion world adopting a more flexible view of beauty. And now Moss, more natural and chic than the voluptuous babes that usually land Playboy, may be its next unlikely cover star.

It's no secret that Playboy is trying to re-brand, relying less on their classic tanned, bleached blonde, big-breasted mascot in order to appeal to the fairer sex. According to a June story published in Salon, to rally a new generation of Playboy readers, CEO Scott Flanders said, “We’ve got to be female-friendly. We’ve got to create events that women are as comfortable attending as men.” And putting Moss, a big departure from the typical Playboy model, on the cover may be one way to achieve that.

The fact is that Moss has held a kind of mystical spell over an otherwise fickle fashion industry. She's become an artistic muse and, with her Top Shop line, a powerful style arbiter for a largely female fan base. That's not something you can say for most Playboy cover girls. If, and when, she does appear on newsstands underneath the word "Playboy", she's likely to attract the kind of attention the brand isn't used to getting. That may not be just because of her name, but because of her style of posing. 

“She understands imagery, understands pictures," Interview Magazine's editorial director Fabien Baron told Vanity Fair in a profile of Moss. "She’s one of the few people that can turn being a model into a very creative job. She has a talent. She exists today not only because she’s beautiful, but because her personality is on her face and in her movements. It’s her mind that comes across, not the body or the face. When you take the picture, you get so excited!”