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Kate Moss Says Calvin Klein Ad Caused 'Nervous Breakdown'

The Campaign That Caused Kate Moss's Nervous Breakdown

Kate Moss says the iconic Calvin Klein ad she did early in her career caused her to have a mental collapse.

"I had a nervous breakdown when I was 17 or 18, when I had to go and work with Marky Mark and Herb Ritts," Moss says in the December issue of Vanity Fair. "It didn't feel like me at all. I felt really bad straddling this buff guy. I didn't like it. I couldn't get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die. I went to the doctor and he said, 'I'll give you some Valium,' and Francesca Sorrenti [Moss's friend and mother of Mario Sorrenti], thank God, said, 'You're not taking that.'"

Elsewhere in the interview, Moss discusses her discomfort with posing nude for Corinne Day — the photographer who discovered her – the "years and years of crying" she suffered after breaking up with Johnny Depp, and the mental anguish she dealt with in her first years as a model.

"It was just anxiety. Nobody takes care of you mentally. There's a massive pressure to do what you have to do. I was really little, and I was going to work with Steven Meisel. It was just really weird — a stretch limo coming to pick you up from work. I didn't like it. But it was work, and I had to do it."

The ad that caused Moss's breakdown, below.

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