“It’s practically criminal,” Shields told Shepard. “It’s not journalism.”
Shepard agreed and called it “maddening.”
The ad campaign in which a teen Shields asked “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing,” catapulted her modeling career and stirred controversy.
“I was naive, I didn’t think anything of it,” Shields recalled. “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.”
“If they had intended on the double entendre, they didn’t explain it to me,” she added. “It didn’t faze me. It didn’t sort of come into my psyche as it being anything overtly sexual, sexualized in any way.”
Since that interview with Walters, Shields has been photographed numerous times with the journalist, who is now 92 and retired from public life.
CNN has reached out to Shields’ representative for comment as to whether she ever told Walters the interview upset her.