I don’t think I need to tell you that being a supermodel is fucking great. You get flown all over the world and paid a bunch of money to wear pretty clothes, and you can marry any oil tycoon you want! But even the glitziest of supermodels has moments when she feels sad enough to cry those crystalline tears which, when bottled, might keep a normal young forever, and the high-profile interviews in Interview Magazine’s latest issue—featuring supermodels Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta and Naomi Campbell—highlight this fact like whoa. Here are the saddest quotes.
INTERVIEW: What was your first really big job?
[AMBER] VALLETTA: It was an advertorial for Italian Vogue. I cried on set because I didn’t know what to do.
But what did she do with the tears? Now I am crying because I will never get to drink them.
[LINDA] EVANGELISTA: I remember doing the rounds of go-sees in New York with Elite. I remember meeting John Casablancas, who I adored.
INTERVIEW: In his obituary, he was quoted as saying that you were the only model who ever thanked him for helping her become such a big success.
EVANGELISTA: That’s so sad.
Bitches never thanked John Casablancas, and now he’s dead. I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY.
INTERVIEW: Looking back on the late ’80s and early ’90s, when you were becoming such a recognizable face, are those positive years for you?
[CHRISTY] TURLINGTON: For a long time I couldn’t think about any of that period as positive at all. It all felt so exploitative to me at the peak of it. I am finally able to look back and see the good stuff over the rest, but it has taken time and distance
If Christy Turlington feels exploited, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that a lot of models feel exploited.
VALLETTA: One of my half-sisters just couldn’t deal with [my career]. I think she saw me as someone she had a hard time relating to. We’re super-close now, but I probably came home from Europe with weird opinions and attitudes and weird clothing. I probably looked so different to her, and I couldn’t show up for things she would have liked me to.
Modeling tears families apart.
INTERVIEW: You advise young models on your reality showThe Face. Does it feel like you are talking to young women in an entirely different business than the one you started out in?
[NAOMI] CAMPBELL: Yes, I do feel that I’m talking to someone who’s in a totally different place from where I was when I started modeling. I was fortunate enough to have the wonderful designers and amazing photographers around me, and editors that I knew, and if I wanted to ask a question, I asked them. So that gap has broadened a bit.
Modeling: even more dehumanizing than it used to be!
INTERVIEW: What was the scariest thing you’ve ever been asked to do on a photo shoot?
VALLETTA: Just recently they had me on the top of the new Freedom Tower, in a construction elevator that was on the outside
of the building. I hate heights.
Modeling: you will probably have to do something terrifying.
INTERVIEW: Are there any places on earth where Naomi Campbell can just walk around on the street and no one stops to take a picture?
CAMPBELL: I was just asking myself that, because where I am right now, it was perfectly fine and quiet, and then I went outside, and there they were. I’d like to go around anonymously and just see things in a normal way like everybody does. But I’m different. It’s an occupation, but I’m just a human being. Fame and all that, what can you do? It comes with the job. So I try not to let it stress me out. And if they get a picture, they get a picture.
What is wrong with you people such that Naomi Campbell cannot even walk around to places like a person? UGH.
INTERVIEW: Do you still consider the other models you came up with members of your family? Like Kate Moss, for instance.
CAMPBELL: Of course. Kate is like my sister. No matter how old she is—she’s going to be 40 next year—I look at her as my little sister.
This quote is not particularly sad, but I love it that Naomi took the time to remind us all that Kate Moss is almost 40.
Update (how did I miss this one?):
EVANGELISTA: I took a modeling course in my hometown, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It was sort of a scam. In order to work as a model, you had to pay for the classes. My mom paid for me. They sent me there at 16, and I was chosen by a Japanese agency to go over to Japan for the summer to work. My parents were strict Italians who didn’t let me go out past 10 o’clock, and I had to choose between going out Friday or Saturday night and was not allowed to have a boyfriend. But they said okay. I got there and it was a catastrophe. They wanted me to take my clothes off and shoot me naked. It was a nightmare and I panicked and basically the Canadian Embassy helped me out. I was there about two days and went home, saying, ‘I don’t want anything to do with this ever again.’