The early romance between Kate Moss and photographer Mario Sorrenti seems like something out of a fashion fairy tale, but according to the supermodel, it was just…a little creepy. Kate’s legendary Calvin Klein Obsession campaign was famously born out of Klein noticing Sorrenti’s actual obsession with Kate after looking through some of his photos. But the way Kate tells the story reveals just how enthralled Sorrenti was with her.
She recalls the rigors of shooting the campaign to SHOWstudio. “I’d wake up in the morning and he’d be taking pictures of me. I was like, ‘Fuck off!’ I lay like that [naked on a couch] for 10 days. He would not stop taking pictures of that. But, he’s Italian, you know? He was like, ‘Lay down, I’ll tell you when we’ve got it!’ We probably had it in the first roll,” she said. “They rented us a house, just me and him and loads of film, in this deserted little shack on the beach.”
Yikes. Seems like Sorrenti would simply not give poor Kate a break during that shoot. But for all his, um, zealousness, the pictures came out great and it wound up being one of the most iconic campaigns of the 90s. So, as creepy as Sorrenti’s methods may have been to us, they definitely got the job done. Kate says they broke up soon after that shoot. “When you’re in a relationship with a photographer and they start abusing that relationship – and being like, ‘I want you to do this, and I want you to do that’ – it makes you go, ‘No.’ I didn’t want to work all the time, but he’d be like, ‘Get up on the roof, take your clothes off,’ and I would think, ‘Fuck off!’ Now I understand that kind of thing a bit better, capturing an image, but at the time I was 17.”
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[via Vogue UK]