Supermodel Kate Moss struggled to come to terms with her reputation as the face of the 'heroin chic' look of the 1990s because her skinny frame sparked false speculation she suffered from anorexia.

The British beauty admits she was troubled by the eating disorder rumours because she had become a role model for young girls and hated the thought that they might starve themselves in a bid to emulate their catwalk idol.

Although the 39-year-old mother-of-one insists she was less bothered by the drug allegations.

Moss, who was embroiled in an alleged cocaine scandal in 2005, tells Allure magazine, "It was horrible, especially the anorexic thing. The heroin, I was like, 'Oh, it's just ridiculous. I don't do heroin. Just because I wear a bit of black eyeliner that's smudged...'

"But the anorexic thing was a lot more upsetting, to be held responsible for somebody's illness. I wasn't anorexic."

However, Moss managed to overcome the troubling period by sticking to a mantra she learned from her ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp: "Never complain, never explain."