Kate Moss reveals her mum told her she was ‘not very photogenic’ after she was first spotted

‘I didn’t think I was model material’: Kate Moss, 48, reveals her mum thought she was ‘not very photogenic’ after she was first spotted by an agent – and says no one ever thought of her looks as child commented

  • Kate Moss spoke about her career on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs
  • The model and mother of one said no one commented on her looks as a child
  • She added her mother, Linda, was surprised when her daughter was first spotted

Supermodel Kate Moss has admitted she didn’t think she was ‘model material’ after she was first spotted – and she and her mum both agreed she wasn’t photogenic.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, model Lauren Laverne, 48, said her mother Linda was surprised when she came home and said she had been spotted by a model agent.

When Lauren asked her if she was conscious of her looks growing up in Croydon, south London, the model replied: “No, no. Definitely not.’

Kate Moss, 48, (pictured at the Met Gala in 2022) has had international success since she first burst onto the modeling scene in 1990 – but she told Desert Island Discs she and her mum were surprised when she was discovered became

The mother-of-one from Croydon said both she and her mother, Linda, didn't think she was particularly photogenic

The mother-of-one from Croydon said both she and her mother, Linda, didn’t think she was particularly photogenic

Linda Moss, Kate's mother, split from her husband Peter when Kate was 13 - which led to her snapping out and hanging out with older boys

Linda Moss, Kate’s mother, split from her husband Peter when Kate was 13 – which led to her snapping out and hanging out with older boys

She added, “When I told my mum that I had met a modeling agent who wanted me to go to London, she said, ‘Oh, I don’t think you’re very photogenic,’ and I said, ‘No Me neither.’

Kate said she and her mother both agreed that she “could try as best as she could” to make it in the modeling industry.

She said, “I definitely didn’t think I was model material.”

As a tribute to her parents, Kate chose King Curtis’ Whiter Shade of Pale, which her mum Linda and dad Peter walked down the aisle to an organ rendition of the song.

Later on the show, Kate spoke about how her parents’ divorce when she was 13 was a “dark time” for her.

While she lived with her mother and her brother Nick chose to live with his father, Kate said the siblings mostly only saw each other at school.

She added that the family split caused her to become unhinged and she began hanging out with older boys who would take her out to bars in London.

Kate said, “I started smoking spliffs and hanging out with people a lot older than me, a lot of older guys who kind of took me under their wing and protected me,” she says.

“They would take me to London by train. I would change into my school uniform and go to Fred’s [a bar in Soho]. I didn’t even like the taste of alcohol.

Kate revealed to Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne that she started smoking spliffs when she was 13 after her parents split up

Kate revealed to Desert Island Discs host Lauren Laverne that she started smoking spliffs when she was 13 after her parents split up

Kate opened up about her early modeling days, including a scary experience when a photographer for a bra catalog tried to get her to take off her bra when she was 15

Kate opened up about her early modeling days, including a scary experience when a photographer for a bra catalog tried to get her to take off her bra when she was 15

“I would drink Long Island Ice Teas because it doesn’t taste like alcohol, but it’s obviously a strong drink.”

The model also made some shocking revelations about her early modeling days, with a scary experience when she was 15.

She recalled: “I had a terrible experience for a bra catalogue,” she told the BBC Radio 4 show. “I was probably only 15 and he said ‘take your top off’ and I took my top off. And I was very shy at the time because of my body.

“And he said, ‘Take off your bra,’ and I could feel something was wrong, so I grabbed my stuff and ran away. I think it sharpened my instincts. I can spot a wrong ‘un a mile away’

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