Twenty years after the fact, Kate Moss reveals in December's Vanity Fair cover story that a 1992 Calvin Klein ad campaign that helped bring her enormous fame also caused her a great deal of misery.
“I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark [Wahlberg] and Herb Ritts,” she recalls. “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. I went to the doctor, and he said, ‘I’ll give you some Valium,’ and Francesca Sorrenti, thank God, said, ‘You’re not taking that.’ It was just anxiety."
It was an early lesson in getting things done and what has to be overcome to make things happen as a model.
"Nobody takes care of you mentally," she says. "There’s a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with [photographer] 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.”
[via Vanity Fair]