‘I didn’t think I was modeling’: Kate Moss, 48, reveals her mum thought she ‘wasn’t very photogenic’ after she was first spotted by an agent – and says that no one has commented on his appearance as a child
- Kate Moss opened up about her career on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Records
- The model and mother-of-one says no one has commented on her looks as a child
- She added that her mother Linda was surprised when her daughter was first spotted
Model Kate Moss admitted she didn’t think she was “modeling material” after she was first spotted – and she and her mum agreed she wasn’t photogenic.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Records, the 48-year-old model told Lauren Laverne her mum Linda was surprised when she came home and said she had been spotted by an agent of modeling.
Asked by Lauren if she had been conscious of her appearance growing up in Croydon, south London, the model replied: “No, no”. Definitely not.’
Kate Moss, 48 (pictured at the Met Gala in 2022) has enjoyed international success since hitting the modeling scene in 1990 – but told Desert Island Discs she and her mother have been surprises when she was spotted.
The mum-of-one from Croydon said she and mum Linda didn’t think she was particularly photogenic
Linda Moss, Kate’s mum, split from her husband Peter when Kate was 13 – which led to her going off the rails and hanging out with older boys
She added: “When I told my mum I’d met a modeling agent who wanted me to go to London, she said, ‘Oh I don’t think you’re very photogenic’ and I was like, ‘no me either’.’
Kate said she and her mother agreed she “might as well try” to make it in the modeling industry.
She said: “I certainly didn’t think I was a model”.
Paying homage to her parents, Kate chose to play Whiter Shade of Pale by King Curtis, which her mother Linda and father Peter accompanied down the aisle to an organ composition of the song.
Later on the show, Kate explained that her parents’ divorce when she was 13 had been a “dark time” for her.
While she lived with her mother and her brother Nick chose to live with her father, Kate said that for the most part the siblings only saw each other at school.
She added that the separation from the family derailed her and she started hanging out with older boys who took her to bars in London.
Kate said: “I started smoking joints and hanging out with people a lot older than me, a lot of older boys who kind of took me under their wing and protected me,” says- she.
“They would take me to London by train. I changed from my school uniform into clothes and went to Fred’s [a bar in Soho]. I didn’t even like the taste of alcohol.
Kate also revealed to Desert Island Discs presenter Lauren Laverne that she started “smoking joints” after her parents separated when she was 13.
Kate opened up about her early modeling days, including a scary experience when a photographer for a bra catalog tried to get her to take her bra off when she was 15.
“I would drink Long Island iced teas because they didn’t taste like alcohol, but of course it’s a strong drink.”
The model also made some shocking revelations about her modeling debut, with a chilling experience at the age of 15.
She recalls: “I had a horrible experience for a catalog of bras,” she told BBC Radio 4. “I was probably only 15 and he said, ‘ Take your top off,” and I took off my top. And I was really shy at the time about my body.
“And he said, ‘Take your bra off,’ and I could feel there was something wrong, so I grabbed my things and ran away. I think it sharpened my instincts. I can say a fake ‘a mile away.’