Kate Moss says she felt objectified, ‘vulnerable and scared’ while filming Calvin Klein

Kate Moss reflects on the set of her 1992 Calvin Klein campaign with Mark Wahlberg, saying she doesn’t have “great memories” of working with the actor.

“He was very macho and it was all about him and he had a great entourage,” Moss said. “And I was just that kind of role model.”

The 48-year-old model opened up about the infamous shooting while appearing on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discssharing that she felt “completely [objectified] and vulnerable and scared,” having been 17 or 18 at the time. She added: “I think they played on my vulnerability. I was quite young and innocent, so Calvin loved it.”

She even talked about suffering from anxiety before filming. “I really didn’t feel well at all before filming. For about a week or two I couldn’t get out of bed and I was very anxious and the doctor gave me Valium,” he said. she declared.

Moss said the anxiety would manifest as nausea, but her medication was highly supervised and controlled by her then-boyfriend’s mother, Francesca Sorrenti, who she was living with at the time. “After the shoot, it was okay and it sort of went away, the anxiety,” Moss said.

This isn’t the first time Moss has spoken about the photo shoot and shared bad memories of it. Indeed, in an interview with vanity lounge in 2012, she said she regretted the filming although it contributed greatly to her fame.

“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts,” she told the publication. everything. I felt really bad riding on that buff guy. I didn’t like that. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”

She continued, “Nobody takes care of you mentally. There’s a huge pressure to do what you have to do.”

Wahlberg later addressed his comments during an interview with The Guardian in 2020. “I think I was probably a little rough around the edges. Kind of doing my thing,” he said. “I wasn’t very…worldly, let’s say that.”

On Desert Island Discsshe noted that this was not the only time she felt taken advantage of.

“I had a horrible experience for a catalog of bras and I was only 15, probably 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 off your bra” and I felt there was something wrong. was wrong, so I took my things and ran away,” she said, explaining that the experience had “sharpened [her] instincts,” which she acted on throughout her career.

Even with her best friend and photographer Corinne Day, Moss said she “cried a lot” when it came to overly revealing photo shoots.

“I was really, really embarrassed about my body and she was like, ‘If you don’t take your top off, I won’t book you for She.’ And I was crying,” Moss recalled, particularly reflecting on his appearance on the cover of The face magazine in 1990 when she was just 16 years old. “[Day] got what she wanted and I suffered for them, but in the end they did me a world of good, really. They changed my career.”

Now, as a mother and talent agency owner herself, Moss is working to keep her clients safe. His daughter Lila is one of them.

“I said to him, ‘You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. If you don’t want to do this shoot, if you don’t feel comfortable, if you don’t want to model, don’t,” Moss said. “I take care of my role models. I make sure they have agents on set, so when they’re taken advantage of, there’s someone there to say, ‘I don’t think that’s appropriate.'”

She added: “I don’t know if it’s general, but that’s what I can do.”

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