Friday 26 May 2017

Kate's story: the ugly side of the beauty business

KATE Moss opened up in a recent 'Vanity Fair' magazine interview about her struggles in the modelling industry. Scouted at just 14, Moss made her breakthrough with a Corinne Day shoot for 'The Face' but has now revealed how awful she found the whole experience: "I see a 16-year-old now, and to ask her to take her clothes off would feel really weird. But they were like, 'If you don't do it, then we're not going to book you again'. So I'd lock myself in the toilet and cry and then come out and do it," she said.

Moss was propelled to global stardom when she appeared dressed in male underpants and straddling the muscular Mark Wahlberg in a Calvin Klein campaign shot by Herb Ritts. But now she recalls how the experience pushed her over the edge: "I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts. It didn't feel like me at all. I felt really bad straddling this buff guy. I didn't like it."

This is the ugly, sleazy side of the modelling industry, the sordid trade-off and the side few insiders like to talk about. Then again, modelling is one of the most secretive businesses in the world, which is ironic when you consider that it is also one of the most pervasive and the most visual.

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