Kate Moss Says She Was Forced to Pose Nude Or Never Work Again

This week Kate Moss made headlines everywhere when she spoke to Vanity Fair about her career and her relationship with Johnny Depp. But it was her admission of being forced to pose nude as a 16 year old girl that the media jumped all over.

She says as a 16 year old she was on a modeling job and asked to pose nude. Being a minor, new model and scared, she wasn’t sure what to do. The client told her if she didn’t take her top off she would never be booked again, so she did it. One of those client was Calvin Klein. Her famous shoot with a young Marky Mark was the very thing that catapulted her to international stardom and what made her one of the top earning supermodels in the world even today.

But she says she had to seek medical help for anxiety two years later, and admitted no one in the industry was there to help her. It made me think, what is the price of fame and a stellar career? Do stories like this mean you HAVE to compromise to become a huge international star? Is it even worth it? Has the fashion industry changed much since the early 90s?

According to fellow model Sara Ziff no it hasn’t changed much. She recalls instances where she was forced, like Moss, to take her top off on the spot on a shoot when she was as young as 14!! Sara Ziff may not be a household name like Kate Moss, but she has done something probably more important and significant with her career: Founded the Model Alliance in the US, in February of this year. The Alliance aims to protect working models from exploitation, especially from sexual abuse, and to improve the lot of its members in terms of pay and working conditions.

She says there are so many misconceptions about the glamor of the fashion industry that the general welfare of young girls is being overlooked and it is about time this changed. While Ziff’s alliance isn’t an official union yet, it is a start. On the Alliance website she encourages girls to share their horror stories and not be afraid to speak up about incidences that have made them uncomfortable or even compromise themselves. Knowledge is power and the more the evil negative actions of people in this industry are exposed, the more young girls can be looked after in this precarious industry.

It’s time major brands and agencies start using their power to set standards for models and stop turning a blind eye. These are the women of the next generation and they deserve the right to live a life fulfilled, not robbed of their dignity and standards!

We stand by you Sara and hope this Alliance becomes a worldwide recognized movement. Bravo for your hutzpah to create something that is positive and impactful in your life and world.

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