Everything We Learned From Kate Moss’ Desert Island Discs Interview – ELLE | Region & Cash

Kate Moss has spoken openly about the struggles she faced during her modeling career, which began when she was signed to BBC Radio 4 by model agency Storm when she was just 14 Desert Island Discs.

Elsewhere, the fashion icon shares details about her childhood and her heartbreak after her parents’ divorce, only to feel “vulnerable and scared” during the process the nineties Calvin Klein shoots and angers at public scrutiny ICYMI: Here are some of the most revealing quotes from the supermodel’s most revealing interview yet…

About taking big risks in her childhood

In response to a question from host Lauren Laverne about her father, who traveled extensively as a child, Moss said, “I knew there was a big world out there.”

Moss said spending time in her father’s Beetle and loving American cars while she was in the US gave her the motivation to get out of Croydon, her hometown.

The original ’90s supermodel also opened up about feeling lonely as a kid.

“I remember always being like, ‘Mom, can I have someone come over,'” she recalled.

Before modeling, both Moss and her mother didn’t think she was “photogenic.”

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When Moss told her mother that she had been seeing a modeling agent, she recalls saying, “Oh, I don’t think you’re very photogenic,” and I said, “Neither do I.”

Though she didn’t believe she was “model material,” she recalled thinking, “Might as well try.”

Moss said her mother only occasionally accompanied her to auditions when she was 14.

“My mom came with me one day and then said you’re on your own because it was a tough grind at the time,” she explained, which she thought was “okay.”

Speaking about her “always quite glamorous” and “funny” mother Linda as a parent, the mother-of-one said she’s tried to be strict with her.

Moss admitted to sneaking into nightclubs while her mother told her to be home by midnight (she once rebelled). “And she came in her dressing gown and dragged me out. Traumatizing,” she said of her mother’s reaction.

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Moss said that both her mother and father Peter gave her the freedom to grow up. Recalling her 13th birthday, she referred to her father: “He was ironing and “there was carnage downstairs. They let me go on.’

Did her parents trust her? No, Moss said. In fact, she thinks they just couldn’t control her. “I was very opinionated,” she said.

Moss struggled with her parents’ divorce and even said she was “heartbroken.” Her coping mechanisms included starting to smoke joints and hanging out with older guys who she said “took me under their wing and protected me.”

She explained that she would change into her school uniform in exchange for clothes appropriate for Fred’s Bar in Soho (Moss even revealed details of her favorite drink: a Long Island Iced Tea, because she didn’t like the taste of alcohol and it seemed less so to her strong).

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Speaking further about her parents’ split, she added, “It was all very dark.”

At the time of her parents’ separation, she stayed with her mother while her brother Nick went to live with their father.

Her childhood changed when she was scouted at 14. At the time, she said, “I would never have said to anyone that I wanted to be a model because I just thought it was vain.”

‘And I never did. I just thought, “Omg, I’ll just risk it.”

About her difficult experiences at a fashion shoot

“I had a terrible experience for a bra catalog and I was probably only 15,” Moss began.

She said of the photographer: “He said take off your top and I took off my top and I was really shy at the time because of my body.”

“And I could feel something was wrong, so I grabbed my stuff and ran away.”

Still, she added: “[The experience] sharpened my instincts.’

‘I can [now] tell a wrong a mile away.’

Interview with Kate Moss Desert Island Discs


Moss continued to talk about her 1992 lingerie campaign shoot with Mark Wahlberg for Calvin Klein. “Not very good memories,” she said.

Interview with Kate Moss Desert Island Discs

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The now iconic shoot consisted of black and white photos, which she captured shirtless next to the Hollywood actor. “He was very macho and it was all about him. He had a large entourage. I was just that model,” Moss recalls.

When asked if she felt objectified, she added, “Yeah, totally. And vulnerable and scared.

“I think they played on my vulnerability. I was quite young and innocent, Calvin loved that.’

Before the shoot, she was “really not feeling well,” “couldn’t get out of bed for a week or two,” and had “severe anxiety.”

About suffering from imposter syndrome

Moss explained her approach to fashion shoots: “It’s just instinct. It’s not a plan. I just go with what I’m feeling at the time.

She added, “I’m always ready for a new look.”

She continued, “When I walk on set I always feel like it’s always my first shoot and I always find myself on set in front of the camera and I’m like, ‘What should I do, I forgot, I don’t really know what I’m doing.”

Referring to a shoot as a “puzzle,” she continued, “And as soon as the camera starts clicking I find myself in the role and as soon as the first frame is done I feel like I know who I am in it story, in this puzzle.

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Moss admitted: “I’m actually very shy in front of the camera.

“I don’t like being photographed when I’m not at work. I don’t like selfies or snapshots. I find it really difficult to be myself in front of the camera, so it’s a lot easier to be someone else.”

About negative press coverage

“I’ve never been anorexic. I have never been. I had never used heroin. I was skinny because I didn’t get food on shoots or shows, and I’ve always been skinny.”

Discussing how she performed in fashion shoots, she said: “I think it came as a shock because I wasn’t voluptuous and I wasn’t, I was just a normal girl. I wasn’t a glam model.”

Referring to photos that surfaced in 2005 of her doing cocaine, she said: “I was sick and quite angry because everyone I knew was doing drugs.

“So for them to focus on me and try to take my daughter away, I found it really hypocritical.”

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Although no charges were brought against her, she made a statement to people who were disappointed by her behavior. “When people looked up to me, I had to apologize,” she said.

On her advice to daughter Lila Moss

“I told her you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do,” she recalled telling 19-year-old Lila, whose father is creative director Jefferson Hack.

“If you don’t want to do the shoot, if you don’t feel comfortable, if you don’t want to model, don’t do it.”

Finding party life “boring” these days

When asked if her hedonistic partying lifestyle was behind her, Moss confirmed, “Yeah, I’m bored now. I mean, I love dancing, but I don’t like being out of control anymore.

“I like to go to bed. I like to get up early and do my mediation before anyone else is up and I like being in control.’

your current hobby? “Omg I’m obsessed with gardening. I have a garden center membership and I go with my mom and we have the best time,” she revealed.

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