Amber Valletta is “sworn to secrecy” about the things she got up to with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
The 40-year-old star met Kate through fellow model Shalom Harlow, who she was living with at the time. They became good friends and Amber thinks people would be surprised by some of the pranks they played.
“[Kate] was just this tiny little thing and nobody knew her. The three of us started running round together and then she hooked up with Christy [Turlington] and Naomi. There were pods of us – we were like sorority sisters. We had a lot of fun,” she recalled to British newspaper The Telegraph.
“I can’t give you any details because we’re all sworn to secrecy. But what we did was ridiculous, the stuff you would do if you were in college – like dressing up in the middle of the night and knocking on people’s doors. Can you imagine opening your door and Kate and Naomi and I are standing there in wigs and sweatshirts?”
Amber began learning about modeling when she was 15 and two years later started booking jobs. Although she’s gone on to win 16 US Vogue covers, things were almost very different. When she attended her first photo shoot for the publication stylist Brana Wolf was unimpressed.
“I’ll never forget it,” she recalled. “She said, ‘You’re cute, sweetie, but we’re going to shoot most of the fashion on Shalom [Harlow] because she looks better in the clothes.
“I was totally gutted. Arthur Elgort [the photographer] was smoking his pipe and said, ‘Don’t worry, darling. I’ll shoot some beauty on you.’ And he did. I ended up getting a Vogue cover on my first sitting. From that moment on I never stopped working.”
At 17 Amber got a summer job modeling in Italy and although it was a great opportunity, looking back she thinks it was too much too young. She didn’t feel “wordly smart” and was insecure, although vividly remembers the effect former model Carla Bruni had on her.
“She was a very gracious woman. The first time she saw me in a fashion show, she came up and introduced herself. I remember a season or two later, after I’d hit my stride and was probably feeling a little bit big for my breeches, I walked into a room and didn’t say hello to her,” she recalled. “She came over and said, ‘Don’t be impolite’ – and I really heard it.”
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