"You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing," a 15-year-old Brooke Shields proclaimed in a controversial 1980s ad for Calvin Klein Jeans. Shields, who is this week's People cover star, revealed to the glossy that she still has her infamous pair of jeans from the campaign in storage. "I do have them in [my] archives," she says. "[They] fit but I have to lie on my bed to get them on. Very tight." Either because of her young age or the skin-baring commercials (one of which featured her shimmying into some denim) their was a largely negative reaction the images, which the model and actress never imagined would occur.
In her new memoir There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me (out today), Shields writes that she was completely unaware her Calvin Klein commercial had a double meaning: "In no way did I think I was saying anything controversial or sexual. It never occurred to me that the line could mean I wasn't wearing underwear."
The star also shared that she felt "disconnected" from her famous face. "I just never felt like I could live up to what people were saying about me," she says. "How do you live up to being the look of the '80s or America's most beautiful face since Elizabeth Taylor? I wasn't skin and bones and I didn't have boobs and I didn't have all the things that people get celebrated for, and yet I was also considered and talked about as this beauty. It made me think of, 'Gosh, how can they possibly think that's true?' I truly didn’t buy into it. I didn't think I was the most beautiful thing in the world. I thought Rene Russo was."
For more on the star's crazy life—from her unique childhood to the men she has loved—pick up the latest issue of People, on newsstands now.