October 20, 2005

Supermodel Helena Christensen defends Kate Moss

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Danish supermodel Helena Christensen
has leapt to the defense of Kate Moss, predicting that her
modeling career will bounce back from allegations of cocaine

"Kate is going to come back, she is going to be
super-strong again," Christensen told Reuters at the opening of
an exhibition of her photography in the Swedish capital late on

"Everybody is going to want her again because she is that
kind of person. She is very professional and she's beautiful
and she is someone who is going to be around forever."

Pictures of Moss allegedly snorting cocaine were published
in the Daily Mirror in September, leading retailer Burberry and
Swedish-based fashion house Hennes and Mauritz to sever ties
with one of the most famous faces in fashion.

France's Chanel said it would not renew her contract.

Christensen criticized the tabloids for building up
celebrities and then knocking them down.

"They are the ones I feel sorry for in the end," she said.
"They have to live with themselves every day and realize what
they are actually doing and how inhuman they can be."

The exhibition, which will travel to Paris and Berlin,
shows 34 pictures taken by Christensen with a mobile phone

The model, who is as comfortable behind the lens as she is
in front of it, began taking photos as a hobby while traveling
round the world in her late teens. She now works regularly as a
photographer for fashion magazines such as Elle and Vogue.

"One of the reasons I actually got into modeling was
because I thought it would be a great way of being flown around
the world to do my photography," she said. "It took me 15 years
to get back to it."