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Kate Moss has revealed how a photo shoot as a teenager helped “sharpen my instincts”, leaving her able to “say wrong from a mile away”, while speaking about the dangers of the fashion industry.

The British model was just 15 years old when she was working with a photographer who asked her to remove her top and bra during a photo shoot for a bra catalogue.

Now 48, she told BBC Desert Island Discs she had taken her top off when asked, despite being “very body shy”.

“And he said, ‘Take off your bra,’ and I could feel something was wrong, so I grabbed my things and ran away.”

“I think it sharpened my instincts.

“I can tell a ‘wrong one’ from a mile away.”

Moss grew up in Croydon, south London, and was signed by Storm Management in 1988 at the age of 14.

She became famous two years later after a photo shoot on the beach at Camber Sands in East Sussex.

Moss told host Lauren Laverne that remembering the photo shoot, with fashion photographer Corinne Day for The Face magazine, was “painful.”

‘I didn’t want to take off my blouse’

“That wrinkled nose that’s on the cover, she was like, ‘Snort like a pig’ to get that image.

“And I was like, ‘I don’t want to snort like a pig,’ and she was like, ‘Snort like a pig, that’s when it looks good.'”

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Moss said she had “cried a lot” because she felt uncomfortable being naked.

She said: “I didn’t want to take my top off.

“I was very, very self-conscious about my body and she was like, ‘If you don’t take your top off, I won’t hire you for Elle’ and I was crying.

“It’s quite difficult (to get me back there).

Model Kate Moss poses for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film Loving at the 69th International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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“It’s painful because she was my best friend and I really loved her, but she was a very difficult person to work with.

“But you know, the photos are amazing, so she got what she wanted and I suffered for them, but in the end they did me a lot of good.

“They changed my career.”

“I think I was the scapegoat for many people’s problems”

Moss worked with Day again for Vogue in 1993.

The photos, taken at Moss’s flat, showed her in her underwear, prompting criticism that she was glorifying thinness and drug use.

Moss said: “I think I was the scapegoat for a lot of people’s problems.

“I was never anorexic, I never have been. I had never taken heroin. I was skinny because they didn’t feed me at photo shoots or shows and I had always been skinny.

“It was a fashion shoot. It was shot in my flat and that’s how I could afford to live at the time.”

“And I think it was a shock because she wasn’t voluptuous and she was just a normal girl.

“She wasn’t a glamazon model, and I think that surprised them.”

‘Everyone I knew was on drugs’

In 2009, the fashion website WWD quoted her as saying “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, but she told Desert Island Discs that the words had been taken out of context as a “snippet”.

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She also spoke about photos published in 2005 that appeared to show her using cocaine with then-boyfriend Pete Doherty.

She said: “I felt sick and quite angry that everyone I knew was on drugs, so for them to focus on me and try to take my daughter away from me, I thought I was really hypocritical.”

When asked why he had publicly apologized, Moss replied, “I really had to apologize because if people looked up to me, I had to apologize.”

Johnny Depp Kate Moss 1995 Photo By John Barrett/PHOTOlink /MediaPunch /IPX/AP
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Johnny Depp Kate Moss in 1995. Photo:John Barrett/PHOTOlink /MediaPunch /IPX/AP

‘I know the truth about Johnny’

Moss also discussed his ex-partner Johnny Depp and his recent libel suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Moss and Depp were in a relationship between 1994 and 1998 and she testified on his behalf during the defamation lawsuit.

Heard had mentioned a rumor that Depp pushed Moss down the stairs while they were together, but Moss said: “I know the truth about Johnny.

“I know he never kicked me down the stairs.

“I had to tell that truth.”

Speaking via video link from Gloucestershire, Moss told the court that she had instead fallen down the stairs, hurting her back, and Depp had come to help her.