No Pale Imitation
updated 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
Though he adopts a pouty stare in magazines such as W, the real Moss is a boisterous lad who lives with father Peter, 50 (a travel consultant who split with wife Linda, 46, a barmaid, in 1987), in a modest five-room house where his room is strewn with jeans and T-shirts. Although he has been a full-time model since 1993 (when Doukas saw photos taken by Kate's then-boyfriend photographer Mario Sorrenti and persuaded Versace to use him), the 5'10", 161-lb. Moss would be just as happy as a professional soccer player. When he's not traveling, he hits the field at least three times weekly with a local team. "When he first started modeling, it was a bit weird," confesses teammate Sam Murray. But modeling hasn't turned his head, Murray says. "Nothing bothers him—he's just out to have a laugh."
With no girlfriend for now, Moss is savoring his peripatetic life. His favorite trip: a 10-day jaunt to India last February for the tabloid Today. "We shot for two days, and the rest was a holiday," he says. Just back from a Levi's shoot in Prague, he hasn't spoken to Kate since Christmas. "There was a bit of rivalry when they were young," admits Peter. "But when he's in New York, they go out and she lends him the odd $10." Not that he really needs it—or the boost he once got from being her kid brother. Says British designer John Richmond: "Nick is standing on his own feet now—he has character."