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Kate Moss on an obsessive ex-boyfriend and staying loyal to her Croydon roots

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For someone who has one of the most iconic faces in the business, we rarely get to hear Kate Moss’ voice.

But the Croydon-born star has given a rare video interview with British fashion photographer Nick Knight, where she talks life in 90s New York, from an obsessive ex-boyfriend, to being taken under the wing of Naomi Campbell, and getting used to stretch limousines.

Speaking about the Calvin Klein Obsession campaign shoot which made her an international star at 17 years old, Moss said photographer Mario Sorrenti (pictured with above), who was also her boyfriend at the time, spent ten consecutive days taking pictures of her for the campaign.

“It was obsession,” she repeats. “I would wake up in the morning and he’d be taking pictures of me and I’d be like f*** off! And I lay like that for 10 days. He would not stop taking pictures of (me).” 

She recalls Sorrenti telling her to “get up on the roof, take your clothes off”.

“I know you spent 10 days lying in the same pose, but that is how you get great photographs,” replies Knight. “You give people space.”

“Ten days?” asks Moss. “We split up after that, because the thing is, when you’re in a relationship with a photographer and they start abusing that relationship of being like ‘I want you to do this and I want you to do that’…I didn’t want to work all the time.”

Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti for the 'Calvin Klein Obsession' campaign

Kate Moss by Mario Sorrenti for the 'Calvin Klein Obsession' adverts

She went on to star in a Calvin Klein campaign with Mark Wahlberg – known as his rapper alias MarkyMark at the time - and worked with acclaimed American photographer Steven Meisel. But she didn't let the high-flying life of a model in New York take the Croydon girl out of her.

“They would start sending limos for me and I’d be like (pulls a face) 'that is so embarrassing, I’m not getting into a stretch limo by myself to go to a shoot.’”

“I was wearing trainers and a f****** ripped Margiela skirt. You know...grunge. I was like 'This does not feel right at all,’” she adds. “Nobody gets in a stretch anymore. But then it was like you took a stretch everywhere.”

Nonetheless, she did grow into life in the Big Apple. “It was fine because then I made friends. Naomi (Campbell) and Christy (Turlington) took me under their wing and then I met Johnny (Depp). They all had stretch limos so I didn’t feel so uncomfortable. We all travelled together after that.”

Namoi Campbell, Kate Moss and Christy Turlington in 1998

Namoi Campbell, Kate Moss and Christy Turlington in 1998

Looking back on her success, is it hard to stay grounded when she sees her face on billboards everywhere, asks Knight.

“Still sometimes I'm like, ‘ooh look there's me!’ Even still,” she says. “I'm from Croydon and if you get above your station somebody will f****** knock you down. Especially when my mum is my mum and my dad is my dad and my brother is my brother. You can't go around with airs and graces at all. And I would never want to. When I see people do that I think they look like c*****.”

When Knight stresses he can't think of anybody in modern history that's occupied as many headlines and visual space as Moss, she replies: “Oh there has been loads! Kerry Katona. Katie Price. I don't go 'I'm in the papers all the time,' because there are loads of people in the papers all the time.”

Images: Rex Features

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