Kate Moss Reveals Her Favourite Model Moments From Topless Shots To THAT Lucian Freud Portrait

19 November 2012 by

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After years of silence, finally Kate Moss is talking - and she's not about to stop! The supermodel spoke unbelievably candidly to Vanity Fair about her heartbreak after splitting from Johnny Depp as well as suffering a nervous breakdown when she was just 17.

Now that her new photo-biography, Kate: The Kate Moss Book, has been released, Mossy has opened up about her favourite model shots, from posing topless to being painted by Lucian Freud.

Angela Buttolph, author of [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kate-Moss-Style-Angela-Buttolph/dp/184605429X">Kate Moss Style[/a], says: 'It's interesting that Kate's favourite shots aren't all about the fashion and don't feature really theatrical hair and makeup. It's just her bare beauty. Well, it's just her.' And what more could you ask for?

Click through the gallery above to see Kate's comments on her most memorable model moments as told to Jess Hallett, her close friend and long-time collaborator, and see [a target="_blank" href="http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG9683072/Candid-shots-Kate-Moss-opens-up.html">The Telegraph [/a]for more.

Kate Moss by Corinne Day, 1990

'When Phil Bicker [the art director on the Face] was casting, he already knew me. I remember going to Crunch [a legendary West London studio] in my school uniform to meet [the photographer] Mark Lebon. Somehow I already knew about Crunch and that whole scene. I was really attracted to it.'

Kate Moss shot by Bettina Rheims, 1989

'I hated my boobs more than anything as a teenager. I'd do anything not to take my top off. I see nudity as empowering now. Before I didn't. I cried for years!'

Kate Moss shot by Juergen Teller

'I think the one picture in here that is the most me, though, is the Juergen Teller of me with pink hair in bed. Because it is us just having a laugh in my bed. There wasn't a hair or make-up artist or anything. It's more like working with an artist, working with Juergen.'

Kate Moss shot by Patrick Demarchelier for Calvin Klein, 1990

'Patrick was shooting the new campaign for Calvin. Bruce [Weber] had done it for years, and Calvin had asked Patrick to do it. They wanted Vanessa Paradis, but she said no. I can still remember asking Paul Cavaco, "Do you think I should do this Calvin contract?" And he said, "You know what? You're so small, you might not last. It could be all over in a season! Take the money and run!" I worked for Calvin for eight years... I just didn't know if it was right for me. I thought it might stop me being able to do other things. I think I just saw it all as a way of getting out of Croydon. I definitely didn't want to stay where I was.'

Kate Moss shot by Richard Avedon for Versace

'There are images in there that I hadn't seen in a really long time, like the Avedon shoot for Versace [1996] - so, so decadent and beyond. We were in the studio for ten days. But we had such a laugh! Avedon would be like, "Throw yourself around!!! Leap! Dance!" And then Joe McKenna and Guido [Palau, the hairdresser] were like, "No! Don't do that!" So I had a massive conflict of interest, and Avedon would say, "Leap!" It was amazing. Every morning he would bring me a book - a signed book! I really liked working with him.'

Kate Moss & Naomi Campbell for US Harpers Bazaar, 1998

'Do you remember when I first went to Bazaar? Paul Cavaco [the fashion director] styled the story. He said, "Oh, you're the same size as me! Like a little doll!" because obviously, having been dressing these six foot glamazon girls... I did story after story for Liz [Tilberis, the editor of Harper's Bazaar], we got on really well. She was fabulous. Even in that madness of New York fashion, she was completely grounded. I used to talk to her about football because her husband was a massive football fan - she never intimidated me, and a lot of people can when you are young.'

Kate Moss by Gary Hume, 1996

'I remember when Gary Hume did a picture of me called Invisible, which you can only see in a certain light. He said that he went to the ballet, and the ballerina was so ethereal that she almost became invisible, and that he thought that's what I was like, because you can be there but also not be there at all - every artist I worked with had an idea.'

8. Kate Moss by Lucian Freud, 2002

'I loved working with him. He was so amazing. Yeah, it was really long and I did learn discipline from him. The portrait was nine months, seven days a week, from seven p.m. until two in the morning. I could not be one minute late. He was really powerful. You wanted to please him. But I wish I hadn't posed like that. It's just the first thing I did - I fell on the side of the sofa and he said, "That's fine," and started painting. It's not like modelling, where you can change it. I had a dead arm.'

Kate: The Kate Moss Book edited by Fabien Baron with Jess Hallett and Jefferson Hack is published by Rizzoli at £50.


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