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Kate Moss Wasn't Calvin Klein's First Pick for That Classic Campaign and You'll Never Guess Who Was
The iconic model was not the designer's first choice.
It still blows our minds that Sarah Jessica Parker wasn't initially cast in Sex and the City. But, just as we were wrapping our heads around that bit of pop-culture trivia, we learned about another iconic pairing that almost never was. We'll just come out and say it: Kate Moss wasn't Calvin Klein's first pick to star in those iconic '90s campaign images. We know, what?!
The designer recently broke the news to InStyle, explaining that he had his eye on another model to pose in the steamy, black-and-white pics that showed off everything from fragrances to skivvies. And, no, Klein's first pick wasn't Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, or any of the era's other Supers.
"I always wanted to work with the French actress Vanessa Paradis,” the designer said. "I wanted a different look than the supermodels everyone was using. To me, she was a little androgynous with a boyish kind of figure, but there was something so beautiful and sensual about her too.”
Alas, Paradis was off filming a movie at the time, and she couldn't sync up her schedule with Klein's. But, the campaign's photographer had another waifish model in mind — perhaps you've heard of her?
“I had been mentioning Vanessa’s name to Patrick Demarchelier, and then a few weeks later, he called and said, ‘Calvin, someone else just came into my studio that you should see.’ It was Kate Moss." And the rest, as they say, is glorious '90s history.
Of course, Moss isn't the only (incredibly) famous face who's starred in campaigns for the American icon. As chronicled in his new, 500-page coffee-table book Calvin Klein, the designer cast Brooke Shields in a memorable campaign when she was just 15 years old.
Can you imagine if someone else had asked: "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?" Nope! We refuse to even picture it.