Brooke Shields is opening up about her 1981 interview with Barbara Walters and slamming the former journalist for her offensive questions. The interview occurred after a controversial Calvin Klein ad that Brooke did when she was 15 years old.
In the interview, Brooke said that Barbara asked her a series of shocking questions that left her uncomfortable. The 56-year-old model talked about the interview during a talk with Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast. She said that Barbara asked her if she kept any secrets from her mother and asked what her measurements were.
“It’s practically criminal,” Shields told Shepard. “It’s not journalism.” Dax called the whole interview “maddening.”
Barbara Walters has not commented on Brooke Shields’ claims.
Barbara also asked Brooke to stand up so the audience could guess how tall she was. Brooke’s mother Terri was sitting next to her daughter during the interview. Brooke often felt she had to defend her mother’s choices and lifestyle.
Brooke said, “The [interviewers] never wanted my answer. They just wanted their point of view.”
The famous Calvin Klein ad was a series of photos and commercials featuring a young Brooke Shields and the brand’s extra tight skinny jeans. The model received backlash for the famous line: “Do you know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”
Many people criticized Brooke and her mother for letting the 15-year-old say such a suggestive line. “I was naive, I didn’t think anything of it,” Shields remembered “I didn’t think it had to do with underwear. I didn’t think it was sexual in nature. I’d say that about my sister, nobody could come between me and my sister.”
The commercial was never explained to her, and she just said her lines.
Brooke said she was even berated by adults who thought that she was thinking those sexual thoughts.
“I was away when they all came out, and then started hearing, ‘Oh, the commercials have been banned here, and Canada won’t play them.’ And paparazzi and people screaming at me and screaming at my mother, ‘How could you?’ It just struck me as so ridiculous, the whole thing,” said Brooke Shields.
When asked about the brand that helped put her on the map, Brooke said, “I feel like the controversy backfired. The campaign was extremely successful. And then, I think the underwear sort of overtook the jeans, and they understood what sells and how to push the envelope. There’s an appeal to it that is so undeniable, and they tapped right into it. They knew exactly what they were doing, and I think it did set the tone for decades.”
Despite the awful 1981 interview, Brooke Shields and Barbara Walters never seemed to have bad blood between them.
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