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Moss Reveals Her Topless Teenage Anguish
Supermodel Kate Moss has used a rare interview to reveal how distressed she was when she was forced to pose topless at the age of 16.
Moss told Vanity Fair magazine that later, while she was still in her teens, she suffered a nervous breakdown during a Calvin Klein campaign.
Now 38, she spoke about the pressures she was under and how for many years she had no-one "to take care of" her, apart from the time she spent dating Hollywood star Johnny Depp.
Moss told Vanity Fair how uncomfortable she felt while working on a shoot for style magazine The Face with photographer Corinne Day, which helped to propel her to fame.
"I see a 16-year-old now, and to ask her to take her clothes off would feel really weird," she said.
"But they were like 'If you don't do it, then we're not going to book you again'. So I'd lock myself in the toilet and cry and then come out and do it. I never felt very comfortable about it."
Moss said she was not happy with her "boobs" and insisted that the only man on the photoshoot turn his back while the pictures were being taken.
The supermodel claimed her mental health suffered while working on a Calvin Klein campaign in the early 1990s.
"I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts," she said.
"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."
She went on: "It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. There's a massive pressure to do what you have to do."
Moss said Depp came to her aid during their four-year relationship, but following their split she said there was "years and years of crying".
She told interviewer James Fox: "I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust."
Moss married musician Jamie Hince in 2011 and has an 11-year-old daughter, Lila Grace, from a previous relationship.