Kate Moss’s story may come as a surprise. The supermodel has been a fashion icon since she was a teenager when she shot to fame through Calvin Klein. But in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, she revealed that her early career was actually fraught with inappropriate people and situations.
Because Moss was young and naïve, she didn’t seem to have all the tools she may have preferred to stay out of uncomfortable situations. One example was when she was fifteen and a photographer asked her to take off her top for a bra catalogue.
Moss told BBC that she could “tell a wrong ‘un a mile away” after that.
She also revealed that there was one particularly uncomfortable topless photo shoot that she did for Calvin Klein back in 1992.
Moss was posing alongside actor Mark Wahlberg, aka Marky Mark. She was about eighteen at the time.
Moss Felt Scared, Vulnerable, Objectified
When host Lauren Lavern asked Moss if she felt objectified, Moss responded, “Yeah, completely. And vulnerable and scared. I think they played on my vulnerability. I was quite young and innocent, so Calvin loved that.”
Moss said she had such severe anxiety prior to the photo shoot that she couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks leading up to it. She also asked a doctor to prescribe her Valium so she could cope with her anxiety.
The black and white photoshoot featured Moss and Wahlberg in their underwear, pressed against each other. At one point, Moss was sitting on Wahlberg’s lap, and while they still had pants on, the photo was quite suggestive.
Moss also said that she now is a modeling agent herself, and one of her main priorities is ensuring that her models aren’t taken advantage of.
Her daughter Lila (who looks remarkably like Kate!) models for the Kate Moss Agency. And Momma Moss has told Lila that she can and should set boundaries.
“I’ve said to her you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do,” Moss told BBC.
“If you don’t want to do this shoot, if you don’t feel comfortable, if you don’t want to model, don’t do it.”