British supermodel Kate Moss has revealed some past pitfalls from her modeling career in a rare interview with BBC podcast series Desert Island Discs.
Iconic shoots that helped define her career were oftentimes “difficult and painful” behind the scenes, according to Moss. While shooting the seminal 1992 Calvin Klein underwear campaign featuring her and Mark Wahlberg, for example, Moss told Laverne she felt “vulnerable and scared.”
“(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 positions of power in the industry. “I was quite young and innocent.”
And Moss — who was scouted by a leading model agent at 14, and began booking editorials at 16 — also spoke of other instances in which her youth was used against her. She said photographers had “pressured her” to show more skin than she was comfortable — including being shot topless.
As the face of the infamous 90s fashion trend “heroin chic,” Moss said she felt she often became “the scapegoat for a lot of people’s problems.”
“I was never anorexic, I never have been… I had never taken heroin,” she said. “I was thin because I didn’t get fed at shoots or in shows, and I’d always been thin.”
So in 2005, when a British tabloid published photos of Moss appearing to take cocaine, Moss told Laverne she “felt sick and was quite angry.”
Moss later released a statement in which she apologized “to all of the people I have let down because of my behavior, which has reflected badly on my family, friends, co-workers, business associates and others.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” her statement said. “I also accept that there are various personal issues that I need to address and have started taking the difficult, yet necessary, steps to resolve them.”
Moss was never charged.
On her fierce defense of controversial figures like Galliano — who was found guilty in 2011 of making antisemitic comments in a Parisian cafe — Moss asserted her belief in “fairness and justice.”
“I know that John Galliano is not a bad person,” she said, “People aren’t themselves when they drink and they say things that they would never say if they were sober.”