In her long career as a model, Kate Moss has had to face many dangerous moments, although luckily, she considers, she has a great intuition to recognize “evil” for miles.
The supermodel recently recalled one of her first experiences in the fashion world, when she was asked to meet with a photographer working for an underwear catalog.
Although for a 15-year-old rising star like Kate Moss back then that might mean a great opportunity, the model had the courage to “run away” from the photo shoot once she was asked to take off her bra.
“The photographer said, ‘Take off the top’ and I took off the top. So I was very shy with my body. And he said, ‘Take off your bra.’ I could feel that there was something wrong, so I took my things and ran away,” the star revealed to Lauren Laverne on the BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs program.
Despite being shocked by the incident, Kate believes it “sharpened” her intuition and that she can now “distinguish danger a kilometer away”.
The fashion icon’s career took off when he was on the cover of The Face magazine at the age of 16, but he admitted that that photo shoot, done by the late photographer Corinne Day, was also a “painful” experience.
“I cried a lot. I didn’t want to take my shirt off. I was very, very self-conscious about my body and she was like, ‘If you don’t take off your top I’m not going to hire you for Elle.’ And I was crying. It was very painful because she was my best friend and I loved her very much, but she was a very difficult person to work with. The photos are amazing, she got what she wanted and I suffered for them, but in the end they did me a lot of good. They changed my career.”
Kate joined Mark Wahlberg — who was then known as Marky Mark — in a Calvin Klein underwear session two years later, so she admitted she had to take Valium to calm the nerves of doing topless because she felt “vulnerable and scared.”
Asked if he felt like an object, he replied: “Completely. And vulnerable and scared. I think they played with my vulnerability. I was young and innocent and Calvin loved that.”
Of Mark, Kate Moss said he “was very macho and everything revolved around him.”
In 2016, the mannequin created her own agency and makes sure that all her models are accompanied on the shoots to avoid uncomfortable moments.
He also gave advice to his daughter Lila, 19, who is following in his footsteps on the catwalks: “I’ve told him he doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to do. If you don’t want to do a session, if you don’t feel comfortable, if you don’t want to be a model, don’t do it.”