Kate Moss (Mert Alas & Marcu Piggot/Vanity Fair)
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"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, 38, says tells Vanity Fair. "It didn't feel like me at all. I felt really bad about 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." She finally pulled herself out of bed to seek professional help — not that it was the answer to her problems either. "I went to the doctor, and he said, 'I'll give you some Valium,' and [photographer] Francesca Sorrenti, thank God, said, 'You're not taking that.' 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."
Another traumatic experience as a young model was posing topless for the first time — when she was only 16. "They were like, If you don't do it, then we're not going to book you again," the British beauty recalls. "So I'd lock myself in the toilet and cry and then come out and do it. I never felt very comfortable about it." One reason? "I hated my boobs! Because I was flat-chested. And I had a big mole on one."
Moss with Johnny Depp (Getty Images)
Through the years, Moss earned her own reputation — as a party girl. Her relationship with troubled rocker Pete Doherty immediately comes to mind, as does her 2005 cocaine scandal. The supermodel playfully tells Vanity Fair that her friends coined an expression for her, "getting Mossed." She defines it, saying, "It means, I was gonna go home, but then I just got led astray. In the best possible way, of course. I mean, it's always fun, and a good time."
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Moss with hubby Jamie Hince (Getty Images)
These days she's still having a good time — but it's with her new husband, Jamie Hince, and her 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Lila Grace. "I don't really go to clubs anymore. I'm actually quite settled," Moss says. "Living in [the London neighborhood] Highgate with my dog and my husband and my daughter! I'm not a hell-raiser. But don't burst the bubble. Behind closed doors, for sure I'm a hell-raiser."
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For more of Moss' interview, pick up the December issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands November 6.
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