Kate Moss has opened up about her beginnings as a young model in a rare TV interview, revealing she once felt extremely uncomfortable posing topless.
The model, now 44, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Wednesday morning. Megyn, 47, asked Kate whether she ever felt pressure to pose without a top on, to which the model immediately answered: ‘Yes, there was pressure.’
‘I worked with a woman photographer called Corinne Day and she always liked me with no top on and I did not like it at all when I first started,’ Kate added.
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Talk: Kate Moss, 44, gave a rare TV interview on Megyn Kelly Today on Wednesday morning
Opening up: The model looked back on her beginnings as a young model during her conversation with Megyn
She then referred to photos that were taken when she posed in front of her then-boyfriend Mario Sorrenti, who took the shots that resulted into Kate’s iconic Calvin Klein Obsession campaign in 1993.
‘And then I suppose — Mario was my boyfriend so I was kind of used to it but I was still always like, “Can I just put some clothes on?”‘ Kate added. ‘But that was the job so I kind of just did it.’
Asked what she would tell young models, the fashion icon said she would now insist: ‘They don’t have to do it if they don’t want to do it.’
‘I wouldn’t let my daughter do it,’ she added, referring to her only child Lila Grace Moss-Hack. ‘I look at her now and she’s 15, and to think that I was going topless at her age is crazy.’
However, if Lila Grace (who scored her first campaign last year) wants to embrace a career in modeling in the long run, Kate made it clear she’s ready to cheer her on.
‘I will support her obviously. I’ll be her manager,’ Kate said, at which pointed Megyn added: ‘Her momager?’
‘Yes, I’ll be her momager,’ Kate added. ‘If she wants to, I’ll support her in anything she wants to do.’
Speaking out: Kate (pictured in 1992 aged 18) revealed she felt pressure to pose topless when she was just starting out and did it even though she ‘did not like it at all’
Changes: The model said she would now like to tell young models they don’t have to strip down if they don’t want to do it
Kate reflected on her Obsession campaign, which she shot when she was 18 years old while 20-year-old Mario was behind the lens. She said that the secret behind the iconic photos was ‘young love’.
‘We were so innocent and young and so excited about the work and about everything,’ she said. ‘Everything was so new to us. Going to the Caribbean was new to us. It was an amazing opportunity and the pictures were amazing.’
Now, when she looks back on the campaign, Kate said she feels ‘deep affection’, adding: ‘It’s just so sweet.’
While Kate’s career promptly took off and the model quickly rose to the ranks of modeling icon, she revealed that her mother once didn’t think Kate was photogenic.
Looking back on her own beginnings, she recounted how she was discovered as a teenager at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
‘My dad worked for PanAm and we were on our way back from holiday and at the time we were traveling on standby,’ she said.
‘We’d slept in JFK Airport because we couldn’t get home and they said “There’s three seats left, just get on the plane and find the seats”, so we got on and my agent was on the plane.
‘She came up and said “Have you ever thought about modeling?” And I was like, “Nooo.”
‘Then I went to see her in London and they signed me up.’
Family: Kate revealed she wouldn’t let her own 15-year-old daughter Lila Grace Moss-Hack (pictured left with Kate and Stella Jones, right) pose topless
This is a rare TV interview for Kate, who is famously private.
When Megyn asked her why she’s so intent to keep her personal life to herself, Kate explained: ‘I like to have a life outside of work and I think it’s important for me with my family. And even before that, really, I just wanted to keep things to myself.’
Still, she gave Megyn a bit of insight into her life as a mother, and how her life changed after she became a parent in 2002 aged 28.
‘I was never lonely again,’ she said. ‘I always had my baby.’
She said she and her daughter are now ‘really close’, adding: ‘Now we’re hanging out like friends. She’s getting older, we can go shopping together. It’s really fun.’
Kate also looked back on her controversial 2009 quote, when she said one of her mottos was ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.’
The sentence led to an uproar from people who feared it might encourage disordered eating habits.
‘My friend used to say it,’ she said. ‘Because you know, we were all living together and you know, we’d go for the biscuits and go, “Oh nothing tastes as g—.” It’s a little jingle.’
Nowadays, though, she said her philosophy remains ‘Never complain, never explain’.
‘Just get on with it,’ she explained. ‘You can’t do anything about what people think of you or if they lie or if it’s not true what they say, it doesn’t matter. If you know who you are then you can get through.’
Kate said she still enjoys working as a model, although she believes the industry was ‘more fun’ when she was just starting out because it was ‘freer’ than it is now, after to the rise of social media.
However, overall, she believes the industry is changing for the better.
‘There’s so much more diversity now,’ she said. ‘I think it’s right. There’s so many different sizes and colors and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and being represented for all of these people? So, yes. For sure, it’s better.’
As for her beauty tips, the model emphasized the importance of sleep and hydration in her routine.
‘I go to bed, I drink lots of water,’ she said. ‘Not as much coffee, I’m trying to cut down on cigarettes.’
Asked what she would like to tell her daughter that she wishes she had known when she was younger, Kate said: ‘Tomorrow’s another day, everything passes. You can be in a terrible and think it’s the end of the world but everything passes. I think that’s important to remember. ‘