Kate Moss Is The Bearded Lady

Kate Moss on the cover of V magazine. Now that’s just plain scary.

Shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Moss sports prominent facial hair–in reality, a fake beard purchased from a costume shop–as she models designs by an array of top designers, including Marc Jacobs, whose dress she dons for the cover. According to the photographers, they wanted to do something to shake things up. Inside the accompanying article, the editors of V write, “The beard should look fake, we agree. It should clearly be drag. Kate as the now-version of Hibiscus, star of the hippie documentary The Cockettes. Why do we associate a beard with deity, with spirit, with freedom, with magic? Can androgyny take us beyond ourselves? Could Kate’s desirability make us forget about war, money, power, and other catastrophes? I f***ing hope so.”

I love how they had to let us know that the beard was something Kate didn’t actually grow herself – she had the help of Tom Cruise.

Moss Grows “Wild” [FWD via The Absurdist]