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Kate Moss named latest creative director of Diet Coke

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The model Kate Moss has been named the latest creative director of Diet Coke, with collaborations between the drinks brand and different fashion houses part of her remit.Moss said on Friday she was “thrilled to join the Diet Coke family”, adding: “I love the past collaborations they’ve done with such incredible names in fashion.”Michael Willeke, the integrated experience director for Europe at the Coca-Cola company, said the company was “honoured to appoint Kate Moss as our new creative director, continuing Diet Coke’s rich history of collaborating with some of the biggest names in fashion and culture”.It is striking that, in an era of body positivity, a diet drink has partnered with a woman known for her slender physique and the famous pronouncement that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.The fashion industry publication Women’s Wear Daily suggested the collaboration harked back to a time when waifish physiques were in fashion.

The writer Tianwei Zhang described Moss as “a poster child for the skinny model trend in the early aughts which was associated with models drinking this sugar-free beverage backstage and off-duty”.Diet Coke’s connection with fashion is longstanding.

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