Kate Moss isn’t known for being the most forthcoming supermodel when it comes to dishing on her private life. Rightfully so, she has remained tight lipped throughout her career, leaving many to wonder just who is the real Kate? After years of mystery and speculation, the model is finally giving us an intimate look inside her iconic life with a revealing cover story in the December issue of Vanity Fair.
Aside from posing for photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott as a ’60s bombshell, Kate opened up about the tremendous pressure she felt early in her career, citing cases of anxiety and even a “nervous breakdown” over one of her most famous campaigns to date.
“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts,” said Kate of her memorable Calvin Klein ad. “It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die.”
“There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do,” added the supermodel.
Surprisingly enough, it was Johnny Depp who Kate credits with helping her to manage her growing fame during those early years. Throughout the course of their four year relationship, Kate admits that she trusted the actor, often following his own advice— most famously, “never complain, never explain.”
Said Kate, “there’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?’ - he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust.”
What may be even more shocking though, is that the legendary model muse believes that she takes “terrible” pictures!
“I don’t want to be myself, ever. I’m terrible at a snapshot. Terrible. I blink all the time. I’ve got facial Tourette’s. Unless I’m working and in that zone, I’m not very good at pictures, really.”
Are we looking at the same pictures here? After all, they don’t call you ‘Kate the Great’ for nothing!
For even more insights into the iconic beauty’s life as a model, check out the next issue of Vanity Fair now on newsstands in New York and LA. Also, keep a look out for the soon-to-be released tome, Kate: The Kate Moss Book!