Kate Moss' snappy comeback

Can the model return? Vanity Fair answers its own question.

Published November 11, 2005 8:05PM (EST)

Sitting on my desk is the November issue of Vanity Fair, coke-plagued model Kate Moss' vulnerable face staring out at me above her name, writ large, and a headline asking "Can She Come Back?"

I think they call this kind of thing a performative utterance, an act of speech that performs the action that it describes. In asking the question of whether Moss will make a comeback in a big fat cover story, Vanity Fair has ensured its answer. Yes. Kate Moss is back.

That didn't take long.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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