Interview unveiled its latest Model Issue this weekend and it’s pretty major. If you like models, you may want to pick up a copy–or seven.
The magazine tapped Mert and Marcus to photograph seven iconic supers for the covers including Kate Moss (which magazine hasn’t she covered this year?), Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Amber Valetta, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, and relative newcomer Daria Werbowy.
The black and white images are simple, unfussy, and vaguely bondage-y with the models sporting wet hair, minimal makeup and revealing black clothes. However, many of them strip down even further inside the glossy.
Images of Campbell, Seymour and Werbowy stark naked have hit the magazine’s website, and unsurprisingly, all of their bodies look unreal.
However, the models revealed more than just a lot of skin. Each one was interviewed about her lengthy career, revealing some interesting tidbits about their rise to success and the ’90s modeling industry. For instance…
Kate Moss says she would have been screwed without the guidance of Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista:
They showed me the ropes, really. If I hadn’t been with them, I would have been screwed. They really protected me.
Linda Evangelista had to have the Canadian Embassy help her get out of a bad modeling situation in Japan when she was 16:
I got there and it was a catastrophe. They wanted me to take my clothes off and shoot me naked. It was a nightmare and I panicked and basically the Canadian Embassy helped me out. I was there about two days and went home, saying, “I don’t want anything to do with this ever again.”
And she was told she’d only last three years:
I was told it would last about three years—that’s what the agents told you. A good career was three years.
Christy Turlington wasn’t sure about stripping down to her undies for Calvin Klein’s latest campaign:
I needed to think seriously about the CK underwear campaign, because I knew it would be everywhere, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be photographed in my underwear now that I’m a mother.
And she regrets signing an exclusive contract with them in 1998:
I didn’t feel that I was given the best advice at the time from my agency and I didn’t have my own lawyer. I was young and wasn’t ready to be locked up. I made the most of the time, but I missed the pace I was just starting to enjoy. I was also in a new relationship and started taking creative-writing classes in L.A. I renegotiated after a few years and came back, maintaining the Eternity fragrance contract, so I had the best of both worlds from then on. In hindsight, I probably would have burned out much sooner if not for that hiatus.
Daria is surprised she’s still a model:
Sometimes I am still surprised that I’m a model and that people think I’m good-looking. I’ve gone through a lot of different phases on what I do and why I do it—morally and ethically. I’ve tortured myself about it, especially in dealing with success and money. I just had to learn to look at it as a job, as opposed to identifying myself as a model and thinking of myself as a part of this industry. I just thought, Okay, this is an opportunity to learn and see and meet people. Still, I am a Scorpio and I’m quite competitive. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it as best I can. I’m going to give it everything.
Helmut Newton once made Daria wear rubber nipples:
I remember one of the first things he said was that he couldn’t believe how thin I was. He was like, “Whatever happened to women?” He also made me wear rubber nipples.
Naomi Campbell feels the designer-model connection has gotten lost:
When I started out modeling, there weren’t casting directors and there weren’t stylists, so you just dealt directly with the designer. We were all much closer back then—we had direct communication with each other, and we all hung out when we weren’t working. Obviously, now that’s changed, but I believe I’ve kept it that way.
INTERVIEW: Do you think young models today are missing that connection with designers?
CAMPBELL: Yes, I’ve noticed that. They have to deal more with the casting directors and the stylists.
And she’ll probably write a book:
People always say, “Do you want to write a book?” I’m like, “Not yet.” “How will you remember it all?” I say, “It’s in my head. It’s there. I remember.” I’ve been asked about a book a lot recently. It’s a possibility. Put it that way.
Campbell still sees Kate Moss as her little sister. Also, she kidnapped her once:
Kate is like my sister. No matter how old she is—she’s going to be 40 next year—I look at her as my little sister. I was first introduced to Kate by a makeup artist who was on tour with Madonna called Sharon Gault. This was 1992. I was introduced to Kate and Mario Sorrenti at the same time. Then I met Kate again in Madrid. I kidnapped her and that was it. I kidnapped her, stopped in Paris to pick up Christy, and we all flew to Dublin together.
Christy Turlington had to hide in Stephanie’s and Linda’s room in Paris (they all stayed at the same hotel) when she got drunk:
Christy, Linda, and I all lived there at the same time. Christy’s mother came with her, so she used to have to hide in our room if she got drunk. [laughs]
Stephanie Seymour wishes actors modeled less:
Believe me, I love film and I love acting and I respect it enormously—I just feel sad for that part of our business. What are the girls left with? They do all the grunt work. They do all the shows and the fittings and all of the really tough, grueling work, but most of them don’t get to reap the same benefits [as actors]. There is also not as much money in it for a decent amount of girls, and the consequence of that is that it’s going to shorten the careers of models, and there are going to be a lot more one-hit wonders.
Amber Valetta doesn’t seem too proud of her House of Style hosting days:
INTERVIEW: And you were also a host on MTV’s House of Style in 1996.
VALLETTA: God, yeah. I don’t even want to go there.
INTERVIEW: Come on. That’s how a lot of America got its first taste of fashion. Do you have good memories of that show?
VALLETTA: I had a blast because I was with Shalom Harlow, my best friend in fashion, but it was not a good period for me, personally. So we’ll put it this way, I wasn’t always present for that, even though my body was there. If I could do a do-over, I would. But I’m grateful to have had the experience.
Kate Moss won’t tell anyone what her Instagram account is:
My daughter loves Instagram. I mean, I do Instagram but I’ve only got 25 followers.
INTERVIEW: I have a feeling if you told us your Instagram name, you’d get a few more followers when the issue comes out.
MOSS: Yes, but I don’t really want anyone to know where I am. I don’t want people to know what I’m doing. That’s the complete opposite of what I feel like.
So, yeah, we’ve officially made it our mission to find Kate Moss’ Instagram account. We’ll obviously let you know.