It’s easy to look at people like Kate Moss and assume life’s been a cake walk. But in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, the model opens up about her career, and the struggles she’s had because of it.
Celebrating Moss’ 25 years in “the biz,” the magazine managed to ask the tough questions — even going so far as to cover “heroin chic.”
“I had ever even taken heroin — it was nothing to do with me at all,” Moss said. “I think [photographer Corrine Day], she wasn’t on heroin, but always loved that Lou Reed song, that whole glamourizing the squat, white-and-black and sparse thin, and girls with dark eyes. She loved that look.”
But it was a photo shoot with Calvin Klein that resulted in Moss actually leaving the industry.
“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to work with Marky-Mark and Herb Ritts,” she revealed. “It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this tough guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”
Moss then went to the doctor who perscribed her Valium, but Francesca Sorrenti put the kibosh on that.
“Nobody takes care of you mentally,” Moss continued. “There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with Steven Meisel. It was just really weird — a stretch limo coming to pick you up for work. I didn’t like it. But it was work, and I had to do it.”
Man alive. Obviously it takes guts to be that honest in such a public space, and you’ve got to hand it to Kate Moss for being truthful as opposed to glamourizing certain aspects of her life. There’s more in the issue of Vanity Fair — including talk of relationship with Johnny Depp — so for the full story, pick up the magazine. (And meet me back here and we can talk about it.)