Kate Moss Explains Why She Doesn’t Talk During Photoshoots

Ever wondered what the ultimate gift for the ultimate fan of Kate Moss might be? If you can’t get your hands on a bottle of the perfume she just launched or score the chance to meet her in person, how about the $75,000 portfolio of her best shots that’s on sale right in time for the holidays?

Oh. You don’t have the scratch for that? Well, neither do we. Still, it’s hard to deny Moss’s appeal and accomplishments, and the catalog in question chronicles the work she’s done with various fashion photographers and art world giants (like Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz) over her career. To talk up the portfolio, which will be on exhibit and on sale during Miami’s Pulse Art Fair in December, Moss talked with T Magazine about, among other things, what makes her such a damn good model.

I know it’s a bit creepy talking about oneself, but what do you think makes you such an icon — that’s such a naff word, sorry — or what quality do you have that makes people respond to you the way they do, both artists and the general public?

I guess I’m adaptable. I don’t know, I kind of go with whatever they want. I don’t see myself as one thing. You know, I turn up at work and they can kind of do what they want with me, really [laughs]. It’s not like there is one look that I specifically do — I’ve done a lot of different things.

One of the reasons I think you are so adaptable and malleable is that you very rarely talk. You’re like Garbo. Is that a conscious decision so that people can project whatever fantasies on you?

No, I just hate it. When I used to do interviews a long time ago, I used to get very ill just worrying about them before they came out. I just didn’t like it. When I first started out I did press because I wasn’t really aware that they would write something really horrible but then they did, and I was like: “Oh no, I don’t want to go back there. I don’t really want to open up myself to that kind of criticism.” And I think that a lot of the time you walk in a room they already know what they want to write about you, so it doesn’t matter what you’re like. But sometimes I will do it if I like the person or the project.

Read the rest of Moss’s interview (and contemplate what it would take to come up with 75 K) here.

Kate the Great [T Magazine]

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