Although Moss — sometimes called Cocaine Kate after photographs of her apparently using the drug emerged in 2005 — is seldom out of the media due to her relationship with rocker Pete Doherty, she hardly ever speaks to journalists.
But she broke the habit for an interview with Vogue, which put her on its cover modelling a 55-pound black lame mini-dress from the Kate Moss Topshop range, which hits shops on May 1.
The 33-year-old did not speak about her controversial relationship with bad boy Doherty, but she criticised the paparazzi who trail her every move for a picture exclusive.
“Once I was walking from The Mercer (hotel) in New York down the street, because otherwise I don’t walk anywhere, and this woman paparazzo who was following me fell over a fire hydrant and her whole tooth went through her lip,” she told the magazine.
“I leant over her saying: ‘Are you alright?’ and she was still taking pictures.
“I was, ‘You know what? You are sick in the head.’ And she was really surprised that I had stopped. Like she thought I was going to leave her bleeding?”
She said that police were considering serving anti-social behaviour orders on photographers who stake out her London home after Prince William’s girlfriend, Kate Middleton, was targeted recently.
Moss also spoke about her four-year-old daughter with magazine publisher Jefferson Hack, Lila, describing her as “a Mini-Me” and her “partner in crime”.
The child has become friends with designer Donatella Versace, she said, adding that she often had a “fashion crisis” at bedtime.
“Now we lay the clothes out before she goes to bed but then she goes, ‘Mum, I need options,’” Moss said.
The model’s Topshop collection features 80 pieces costing up to £200 (€293) and will be on sale at 300 stores in Britain, as well as 30 franchises globally, including Ireland.
Moss said she was inspired by 1980s New York nightclub Studio 54 and insisted she had been closely involved in creating the collection.
“I kind of got bits from my closet,” she said.
“It’s great. I can say I want this boot with that heel.
“There are things I want that I can’t find. Like anyone.”
“I thought it should be a bit edgy. Just because you’re wearing a pretty dress it doesn’t have to be all pretty-pretty,” Moss said. “I’d just got this book of photographs about that club Studio 54, and I wanted it more like that.”
The supermodel, who burst onto the fashion scene at 15, said that she decided to create the new line for Topshop after choosing a high-street collection approach.
“I’d talked to lots of people in the business about designing my own thing. Everyone said I should do something but I didn’t want to be a designer and have to do shows and all of that,” she said.