Kate Moss with fashion designer Calvin Klein in 1996.
Kate Moss was only 14 years old when she was discovered at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. And while the British girl would go to one of the most influential supermodels in fashion history, she was not always comfortable with her rise to fame.
The model, now 44, revealed on “Megyn Kelly Today” that she was reluctant to pose topless early in her career.
“Yes, there was pressure,” said Moss on Wednesday. “I worked with a woman photographer called Corinne Day and they always like me with no top on and I did not like when I first started.”
Moss also recalled a number of racy snaps which were taken when she posed for her then boyfriend, the 20-year-old Mario Sorrenti, who took the photos. Those images became part of her iconic Calvin Klein Obsession campaign, 1993. Moss was 18 at the time.
“And then I think Mario was my boyfriend, so I was a bit used to it, but I was still like,” Can I just put some clothes on?’ said the Moss. “But that was the task so I just did it.”
When Moss was asked what she would tell young models of today, the fashion iconic said: “They don’t have to if they don’t want to.”
Kate Moss on the cover of Playboy in her later years.
“I would not let my daughter do,” she added, referring to her only child, Lila Grace Moss-Hack. “I look at her and she is 15, and then to think that I went topless at her age is crazy.”
However, the Hack is already kicked off her own career and scored her first campaign in 2017. Moss said that if Hack wanted to pursue modeling in the long term, she would like to embrace.
“I would support her of course,” said Moss. “I will be her manager… Yes, I will be her momager. If she wants to, I will support her in anything else they want to do.”|
Still, Moss is aware of her Obsession campaign quickly made her a superstar. She said that the secret behind the images was “young love.”
“We were so innocent and young and so excited about the work and about everything,” she reflected on her romance with Sorrenti. “Everything was so new for us. Go to the Caribbean was new for us. It was a great opportunity and the photos were great. [I feel] deep affection. It is just so sweet.”
Moss also proved she’s still in wonder about the fact that discovered at a young age in one of the most unlikely of places. It is a memory she will never forget.
“My father worked for Pan Am and we were on the way back from the holiday and at the time that we were traveling on stand-by,” she explained. “We’d slept in the JFK Airport, because we are not at home and she said:” There are three places left, just on the plane and find out 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, ‘No.’ Then I went to see her in London and they signed me.”
But Moss’ greatest achievement was becoming a mother in 2002 at the age of 28.
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“I was never lonely again,” she said. “I always had my baby. … Now we hang out as friends. She is a little older, we can go shopping together. It’s really fun.”
Moss hopes that her daughter to take away a life lesson from her enduring legacy in the fashion – and it has nothing to do with the hustle and bustle of the runway.
“Tomorrow is another day, everything passes,” advised Moss. “You can be in a terrible [stage] and think that it’s the end of the world, but everything passes. I think that it is important to remember.”