The Art Gallery of NSW is ducking claims that photos of a very young Kate Moss are pornography rather than art. Of course adult art lovers are not offended and there is no doubt about the beauty of the girl.
However the real point of the story is the pressure that was applied to young Kate Moss by photographers and the advertising agency when shots like that were taken, among other things for Calvin Klein.
One British couple visiting the gallery, both aged 65 and who previously lived in the London borough of Croydon when Moss attended the local Riddlesdown High School in 1989 when the picture was taken, considered the image a problem. “[Moss] did talk about how she felt exploited when she was young and she had a nervous breakdown about it,” said the woman. “You don’t know how much pressure she was under to do a topless photo. I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable if it was my child.”
This story was covered on 2GB (The Power Station) this morning, probably by Ray Hadley. He reported statements by Kate Moss that she was stood over to get the pictures, because otherwise she would be dropped from the roster at the agency, one day she locked herself in a toilet and cried before the take, and another time she broke down and spent two weeks in bed because she was so unhappy about it. So what do the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW think about that?