Who comes to mind when you think of the word supermodel? How about Naomi Campbell? The breathtaking iconic model said that she would never call herself a supermodel. Harper’s Bazaar reports.
While she’s made headlines for her antics and activism off the runway, Campbell, at her core, is still a supermodel. “But I would never call myself that,” she says, laughing. “I don’t have any superhuman powers.” Unless you consider transformation a superpower. It’s clear why this industry needs her, but why does Campbell need fashion? “I still love what I do,” she says. “It’s a new challenge to see how people can change your look. I like words like transformation, reinvention, and chameleon.” She lets out a laugh, adding, “Because one word I don’t like is predictable.”
Naomi Campbell is living proof that some bad habits are hard to break. The inimitable fashion icon, currently celebrating more than a quarter century as one of the industry’s most in-demand (and infamous) models, has fought many demons in her 41 years. She’s beaten drug addiction, anger issues, and ethical scandals. These days, her personal e-mail bears the following signature: “Love & Light, Naomi.” Yet, as we soon discover, one last diva trait still lingers: her trademark tardiness. She’s nearly two hours late to her Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot. That’s the bad news. The good news? She’s so worth the wait.
When Campbell arrives, traces of the notorious Hurricane Naomi of years past — a swirl of entourage and phone-throwing attitude — are nowhere to be found. She arrives alone, barefaced and gorgeous, smiling behind big sunglasses, draped in mink. She is energetic and talkative. She’s flipping through photos on her BlackBerry of dresses that Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton, has sent her to consider for Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott’s upcoming Christmas party. Then it’s on to the Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s, which Campbell viewed privately the night before. “Now, that woman had some jewels,” she says. She’s mum on which were her favorite pieces but lets it slip that she sent her boyfriend of four years, Vladislav Doronin, a handsome Moscow-based real estate entrepreneur, back for a second look. “It is the holidays.” She winks.
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