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“My mum always said I wasn't photogenic”: Kate Moss on success, fashion and family


She's one of the world's most recognised faces and the richest supermodel in the UK with a cool £55 million to her name.

But Kate Moss has revealed that even her mother doubted her ability to succeed, telling The Telegraph in a rare interview that before she became famous, her mum told her she wasn't photogenic. She then apparently asked, "Kate, do you really think you can be a model?"

And brilliantly, the teen Moss was undeterred, simply responding with "Dunno, but I’m going to go and see and have a chance to get out of fucking Addington [her hometown in Croydon]".

And so her career began.

Kate Moss modeling in 1992

Kate Moss modeling in 1992

Having been 'discovered' at JFK airport when she was just 14 years old, Moss has graced catwalks, magazine covers and many a party in her 28-year-strong career, as well as bringing the term "basic bitch" into our lexicon. 

Moss hitting the catwalk in Paris in 1994

Not basic: Moss hitting the catwalk in Paris in 1994

And she slows no sign of slowing down. 

Having left Storm modeling agency, who she has been with for her whole career, she has just released a capsule collection for French brand Equipment that includes a leopard print dress, Bowie-inspired star and lightning bolt sweater and shirts based on the ones she used to steal from her ex-partner, musician Jamie Hince.

Describing the collection as "basically what I wear everyday", Moss revealed that she mostly sticks to a classic work uniform of black jeans paired with a t-shirt, shirt and jacket.

"I have a bit of a uniform because it’s just easier, otherwise you have to think about it," she said.

Moss with her estranged husband Jamie Hince, whose shirts inspired her collection

Moss with her estranged husband Jamie Hince, whose shirts inspired her collection

Moss also said she "loves" dressing up at night and revealed that her Cotsworlds wardrobe is full of more adventurous party outfits than her other wardrobe, based in London.

"I love putting on an outfit," she said. And when asked how big her wardrobe is, she admitted, "I’ve got two – one in London, one in the country. The country one is more dress-up, for my party barn with a big ol’ disco ball and a stage."

Moss with fellow supermodel and friend Naomi Campbell at a party in 1993

Moss with fellow supermodel and friend Naomi Campbell at a party in 1993

And despite being one of the most famous models in the history of fashion, Moss has a critic who always keeps her grounded - her 13-year-old daughter Lila Grace.

Mimicing her daughter, she said, "'Mum, you look ridiculous, take that off. It’s disgusting.’ I was going to put on this crazy green dress for the Vogue thing, but she is usually right.

"Then when she goes, 'Mum, you look really pretty’, I’m like, 'Ah', because she never says anything nice about me.”

Moss with her biggest critic, daughter Lila Grace

Moss with her biggest critic, daughter Lila Grace

Moss has been teaching Lila how to walk on a runway and do the classic Nineties catwalk "turn" (“forward, back, take the jacket off, flick”) so she could soon be following in her famous mother's footsteps... Watch this space.

Kate Moss wearing a vintage dress in Cannes this year

Kate Moss wearing a vintage dress in Cannes this year



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