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Kate Moss Is Finally Sexy Enough For Playboy [NSFW]

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Kate MossPlayboy editorial has arrived after much pomp and circumstance, and it’s…tame. Moss mostly gives sex eyes to the camera while mostly clothed in a vintage Bunny costume, and while the photos are certainly sexy, they’re not porn-y in the way we’ve come to expect from Playboy. In fact, they’re, dare I say, tasteful and beautiful.

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Per The Huffington Post:

Moss is the cover girl of choice for Playboy’s big January/February 2014 double issue. In honor of the magazine’s 60th anniversary, Kate poses for what the mag calls an “unprecedented” 18-page spread, shot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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Obviously we don’t have all the photos, but given how often Moss is photographed nude or partially nude, photos of her dressed up in a bunny outfit are relatively tame –boring, even.

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And here’s a photo of Moss holding the issue, Instagrammed by Mert Alas, who shot the editorial with his partner Marcus Piggott.

There’s a conversation to be had here about the arbitrary beauty standards we set for women, and how unattainable they are for every single woman on earth. At the height of Kate Moss’ fame, known for that old heroin chic beauty ideal, she’d never, ever be considered for Playboy. Now, after having a child and aging out of her trademark waifishness with bigger breasts and more exaggerated curves, she’s considered sexy enough to be in Playboy. But that’s not to say that Playboy should be held up as a paragon of inclusivity (check out the stats on the race of their centerfolds), it simply means that Playboy has a different, unattainable beauty standard than the one Moss used to be pigeonholed into.

Think about the average measurements of runway models and porn stars. Clearly they’re pretty different body types, but we’re told that both are ideal. So for godsakes, which is it? It’s pretty obvious that Playboy has a specific vision of what’s sexy, and that didn’t include Kate Moss, even as she made a career off of her beauty. This is pretty indicative of beauty standards in general: if you fit one person or institution’s standard, you won’t fit another. No woman is ever just good looking, she’s maybe just good looking enough by someone’s standards. I’ll let Dita Von Teese conclude for me, with a spot-on quote:

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”

Photos: Playboy

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    Although not a huge fan of the bunny costume, Kate looks gorgeous!