Kate Moss recalls being the object of inappropriate behavior during filming at the age of about 15.

The British model, now 48, revealed during an appearance on Desert Island Discs that she “ran away” from a photoshoot for a bra catalog after a man asked her to go topless.

Moss signed with the modeling agency Storm in 1988 and told a BBC Radio 4 program that she would go to castings in London herself, armed with an A to Z book.

Kate Moss on Desert Island discs. Photo: BBC/PA

Recalling the incident, she said: “I had a terrible experience for a bra catalogue. I must have been only 15 and he said, “Take off my top” and I took off my top. And I was really ashamed of my body then.

“And he said, ‘Take off your bra,’ and I felt something was wrong, so I took my things and ran away.

“I think it sharpened my instincts. I can tell a mistake a mile away.”

Moss also opened up about the 1990 shoot that made her famous, but admitted it was “painful” to relive.

The late photographer Corinne Day, with whom Moss often worked, took a series of photographs of her for The Face magazine on a beach in Cumber Sands, East Sussex, when she was 16.

Moss said: “That wrinkled nose on the cover, she was like, ‘Freak like a pig’ to get a picture like that.

“And I’d say, ‘I don’t want to snort like a pig,’ and she’d say, ‘Snort like a pig, that’s when it looks good.’

Moss recalled how she “cried a lot” during filming because she felt uncomfortable “naked”.

Kate Moss with fashion photographer Corinne Day. Photo: Joel Ryan/PA

She said: “I didn’t want to take my top off. I was really, really upset about my body, and she was like, “If you don’t take your top off, I’m not going to write you for Elle,” and I was crying.

“It’s quite difficult (to get myself back there). It hurts because she was my best friend and I loved her very much, but she was very difficult to work with.

“But you know, the pictures are great, so she got what she wanted and I suffered for them, but in the end they did me a lot of good. They changed my career.”

Moss also recalled shooting a Calvin Klein underwear campaign in 1992 with actor Mark Wahlberg, then known as Marky Mark.

It was her first major advertising campaign, but Moss recalled taking Valium to ease her pre-shoot anxiety and feeling “vulnerable and scared” when she was required to be topless during the shoot.

Moss said she passed on her modeling industry lessons to her 19-year-old daughter Lila, whom she manages through her agency.

“I told her you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to,” she said.

“If you don’t want to do this shoot, if you don’t feel comfortable, if you don’t want to be a model, don’t do it.


Kate Moss felt she ‘had to tell the truth’ in defense of…

“I take care of my models. I make sure that they are with the agents in the pictures, so when they are used, someone can say, “I don’t think this is appropriate.”

“I don’t know if it’s like that in everything, but it’s something I can do.”

Desert Island CDs will be on Radio 4 at 11.15am on Sunday and on BBC Sounds.


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