Kate Moss’s Career-Making Calvin Klein Campaign Also Ruined Her First Love

Before Kate Moss was a household name worldwide, she was this: a scrawny, English model trying to break into the business with an Italian photographer boyfriend named Mario Sorrenti. And then Calvin Klein entered the picture.

“Calvin was clever; he saw from the pictures that it was obsession, and it really was an obsession,” she told photographer Nick Knight regarding the massive amount of photos Sorrenti was snapping of her (at the time, his professional portfolio was full of snaps he’d taken of his girlfriend, the future supermodel). The brand saw the commercial possibility and had the two shack up in a small house in order to shoot and shoot and shoot.

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While there was artistic success, with Moss’s famous 1992 couch photo emerging and being used in an Obsession for Men campaign, the ability to mix personal and professional roles and responsibilities didn’t work well for Moss and Sorrenti—they broke up after. “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.”




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