'Take your bra off': Kate Moss reveals sick fashion predators' demands when she was just FIFTEEN
Kate Moss has recalled an incident of misconduct that happened during a shoot for a bra catalog when she was 15. She claimed that a male agent asked her to take off her bra for him.
Talking to Lauren Laverne on the BBC’s Radio 4 show ‘Desert Island Discs,’ Kate, who signed to modeling agency Storm in 1988, said, "I was only 15 probably and he said, 'Take your top off.’ I took my top off, and I was really shy then about my body, and he said "take your bra off" and I could feel there was something wrong so I got my stuff and I ran away." "I think it sharpened my instincts. I can tell a wrong ‘un a mile away," she said while recollecting the details from the lingerie shoot.
The 48-year-old Kate’s career took off after she appeared in a 1990 shoot for 'The Face' magazine by photographer Corinne Day. She narrated how much she cried while shooting naked. “She [Corinne] would say, ‘If you don’t take your top off, I am not going to book you for Elle. It is painful. I loved her, she was my best friend, but she was a tricky person. But the pictures are amazing, so she got what she wanted and I suffered for them, but in the end they did me a world of good really. They changed my career," she said, according to The Guardian.
1992 Calvin Klein underwear shoot
The model also mentioned an incident when she posed topless with actor Mark Wahlberg in a Calvin Klein underwear shoot in 1992. She said that she felt objectified and "vulnerable and scared". "He [Mark] was very macho and it was all about him. He had a big entourage and I was just this kind of model. I felt completely objectified, vulnerable and scared. I think they played on my vulnerability. I was quite young and innocent . . . Calvin loved that," she added. Also, as quoted by The Sun, Kate said, "Luckily I was living with Mario (Sorrenti, her then-boyfriend) and his mum Francesca and she insisted she come with me because I really didn’t feel at all well before the shoot. For a week or two I couldn’t get out of bed. I had severe anxiety and the doctor gave me Valium, but she said, ‘You’re not having those pills’. The anxiety would manifest as nausea, and if I felt nauseous she would give me a quarter of Valium, or a half, but she never gave me the whole bottle.”
Kate did another shoot with Corinne for Vogue in 1993. Photographed in her own flat, the picture saw Kate being tagged as the poster girl for heroin chic, and was criticized for promoting anorexia. However, Kate explained during the interview, "I was never anorexic. I never have been. I had never taken heroin. I was thin because I didn’t get fed at shoots or in shows, and I’d always been thin.”
Now an agent herself, Kate mentioned that her daughter Lila Moss is also in the fashion industry and her experience helps her give the right advice to the 19-year-old. "I've said to [Lila] you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. 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," she said. She also added that she takes care of her models and makes sure there is always an agent with them at a shoot so that there is someone to point out anything that isn't appropriate.