I read some news on celeb doings and Kate Moss apparently has been criticized for being bad at public speaking/interviews. The interview is for Mango Fashion Awards. I couldn’t embed it unfortunately, but the link should work.
I read her biography (I can’t get enough of (auto) biographies at the moment – love reading about people with crazy lives). Keith Richards, Life, is excellent, but back to the point of this post.
To me, it seems a case of a bad interviewer as much as any public speaking issues with Moss.
The interviewer fires questions at his subject, without any effort to build a rapport.
If Moss finishes answering a simple question quickly, the silence hangs in the air like a helium balloon for a nano-second. Then Mr. Neck Scarf just fires the next question. (If he’s someone famous I don’t know him – I don’t follow fashion particularly closely – just the gossip ;)).
Interview techniques are up for debate, but I think interview by firing squad isn’t conducive to natural conversation. It doesn’t help that they use those harsh backdrop installations. Talk about backs against the wall.
I know, it’s just something people find to fill column inches. The interview that I saw was as natural as it was possible to be in that scenario.
Made me smile when he asks the boring
‘How does it feel to be fashion icon?’ question. I give her credit for not shooting herself on the spot, having to answer that inane question yet again.
‘So who would you give an award for fashion to, right now?’
I think he was half hoping she’d take a look at his dapper neck scarf, tied just-so, and proclaim him the fairest of them all on the spot.