Only a few months after she was discovered in an airport, these portraits were taken of the fourteen-year-old Kate Moss. Now the pre-nervous breakdown steely gaze and daunting cheekbones of the young model will be sold (much like her childhood) to the highest bidder, via an auction. The three gelatin prints, shot by photographer David Ross in 1988, are expected to sell for 1, 200 pounds each at a Bloomsbury auction on November 23. If only the Fred Perry-wearing young elf had known that just a few years after these shots were taken, she would be topless, straddling Marky Mark on Calvin Klein billboards around the world!
Like a Croydon-born Mona Lisa, the future supermodel of the world was clearly a natural, even as a barely-pubescent child, and these portraits mark a fairly significant moment in her career. It kind of makes you wonder — doesn’t she want these pictures? It seems you can be one the world’s most successful models and you still don’t necessarily always have control over your own image. The auction of these photos could’t be more timely — this year has seen the British model become more honest than ever in her interviews — telling Vanity Fair about her teenage nervous breakdown and how she cried during her first magazine shoot (for The Face), where she was asked to get naked, or risk never getting booked again.
But like Destiny’s Child, our girl is a survivor. Kate’s now worth 50 million, is still featuring in awesome editorials and has just released her co-authored book Kate: The Kate Moss Book, so take that doubters! Not that anyone would ever doubt Kate Moss’s status as a fashion icon. Like her ridiculous genetic makeup, her star quality has clearly existed since birth.