Kate Moss says modelling world is toxic and she has been 'terribly uncomfortable' and intimidated in photoshoots

KATE Moss has admitted the world of modelling is toxic and claims she has been made to feel "terribly uncomfortable" and intimidated on photoshoots.

The supermodel, 47, was scouted aged 14 and said she was put in difficult situations because photographers often wanted her to strip off.

Reflecting on the dark side of the industry, she said: "There were many shoots in the early days where I felt terribly uncomfortable.

"I think everyone understands the lifespan of a model, and the fact you will be starting young.

"That was the case with me, but even so there were some photographers who wouldn’t agree to shoot you unless there was a nude element. That was very common then and still is now.

"For a very young woman that could be incredibly intimidating."

Her comments follow a string of accusations made by models against photographers during the #MeToo reckoning.

Last month Daisy Lowe, 32, said a photographer had exposed himself to her during a "hideous" incident on set when she was a teenager.

In 2019, more than 100 models signed an open letter to lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret asking the firm to do more to protect its models from sexual harassment after it was linked to allegations.

Kate, who is believed to be worth £50million, became synonymous with the "heroin chic" fashion look in the early 1990s of skinny models with pale skin.


But now she has condoned the term and said it was irresponsible to label her that way.

The Brit, whose 18-year-old daughter Lila is also a model, told Reader’s Digest: "In the early days I became linked with the phrase 'heroin chic', which I always thought was awful.

"There is no positive interpretation of that and I certainly never felt one.

"At the end of the day I was always thin and small and no amount of eating would put weight on me.

"I see models now who are similar to me and sometimes the criticism they get is unfair because – up to a certain age at least – there are some of us who can just eat what we want without too many real consequences.

"That definitely changes in later life though, as I found out after the birth of my daughter Lila."

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