Kate Moss talks about the ‘painful’ side of modeling

Written Leah Dolan, CNN

British supermodel Kate Moss opened up about some of the pitfalls of her modeling career in a rare interview for the BBC podcast series Desert Island Discs.

Moss, who told T magazine in 2010. that she “just hates” talking to the media – and that as a young model she “used to get really sick just worrying” about the interviews she gave, Lauren Laverne said of the “painful” experience. she went to industry.

According to Moss, the iconic shoots that helped define her career were often “difficult and painful” behind the scenes. For example, while filming Calvin Klein’s original 1992 lingerie campaign featuring her and Mark Wahlberg, Moss told Laverne that she felt “vulnerable and intimidated.”

“(Wahlberg) was very macho and it was all about him, he had a big entourage,” Moss said. “They played on my vulnerability,” she added of those in leadership positions in the industry. “I was very young and innocent.”

And Moss, who was scouted by a top modeling agent at 14 and started doing editorials at 16, also spoke of other times her youth was used against her. She said photographers “pressed her” to show more skin than she was comfortable with, including being topless.

As the face of the infamous “heroin chic” ’90s fashion trend, Moss said she was often “the scapegoat for a lot of people’s problems.”

“I never had anorexia, I never had… I never took heroin,” she said. “I was skinny because I wasn’t fed on set or shows and I’ve always been skinny.”

So, in 2005, when a British tabloid published pictures of Moss apparently taking cocaine, Moss told Laverne that she “felt bad and was very angry.”

Kate Moss as Stella McCartney in 1997. Credit: THOMAS COEKS/AFP/AFP via Getty Images

Moss later released a statement in which she apologized “to all the people I let down because of my behavior, which reflected badly on my family, friends, colleagues, business partners and others.”

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” she said in a statement. “I also recognize that there are various personal issues that I need to address and have begun to take the difficult but necessary steps to address them.”

Moss was never charged.

Since officially leaving the podium in 2004Moss has created her own modeling agency, whose listings now include her daughter, rising star Lila Moss. British Vogue cover under her belt. Along with a bizarre Fashion Week cameo, Moss made headlines in June for resurrecting a piece of fashion history — vintage 1993 John Galliano Union Jack blazer — on Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration In London. This month, she was named Creative Director of Diet Coke, a position previously held by fashion titans Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs.

Vigorously defending controversial figures such as Galliano, who was found guilty in 2011 of making anti-Semitic remarks in a Parisian cafe, Moss declared her belief in “fairness and fairness.”

“I know that John Galliano is not a bad person,” she said. “People are crazy when they drink and say things they would never say if they were sober.”

Moss also spoke to Laverne about her role in the Johnny Depp libel trial, causing a lot of buzz with her Zoom testimony in May. At trial, Amber Heard testified that she had heard “vague rumors” alleging that Depp pushed Moss in a fight during their relationship in the mid-90s. Depp then called Moss as a rebuttal witness; “I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to tell this truth,” she told Laverne.

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