Fashion Quote: Kate Moss on Modeling

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I would not be happy if my teenage daughter was being photographed like this.

It’s always quite exciting when Kate Moss has something to say, because she rarely gives interviews or says much. But her recent interview with Vanity Fair was quite sad, and highlighted some of the perils of getting into modeling at a young age.

This was a topic of conversation last week with some of my fashion writing students and it highlighted the importance of stability, self-confidence, and the ability to see the fashion industry for what it is (not reality) as key traits to survive modeling at a young age.

“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. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die. It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. 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 from work. I didn’t like it. But it was work, and I had to do it.”

So if that’s how Kate Moss feels on a high-paying Calvin Klein shoot (which presumably took care of the models, to an extent) I can only imagine what it is like for young girls on low-budget shoots. Very scary. The lesson? Well, for me, I would never let my daughter be a model, unless myself, a close friend, or family member was prepared to chaperone her everywhere until she was old enough not to let the industry mess with her head. But to be honest, I hope that if I do have a daughter, she never wants to work in fashion.

Quote and images from Vanity Fair.