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What you always wanted to know about Naomi Campbell

Michael Jackson said the supermodel reminded him of Bambi.
September 20, 2017

There is really no introduction needed for Naomi Campbell. A founding member of the original Supers, and one third of the holy ”Trinity” (Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington are the other two), Campbell has been a fashion powerhouse for decades. And perhaps even more impressively, she has managed to stay relevant throughout her career. Her relentless fight for a more diverse fashion industry, her charity work, her guest roles on hit series Empire and American Horror Story – Naomi Campbell’s star is shining as bright as ever. We asked the icon and star of H&M’s fall fashion campaign film spill some of her secrets.  

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OF…
“My body of work.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“My charity, Fashion For Relief, and producing, being behind the camera, connecting people, and nurturing others in their careers.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“Iman.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Hydration, inside and out.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“A good Tina Turner impression.”

A FICTIONAL CHARACTER I RELATE TO IS…
“Bambi, Michael Jackson told me I reminded him of a baby fawn.”

Adding a bit of gold in the corner of the eye
Naomi Campbell's beauty tip

THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A MODEL IS…
“The traveling and having to override the jet lag, then having to jump straight into work. Also discipline and conditioning when one has to sleep.”

MY GO-TO SONG AT KARAOKE IS…
“[Tina Turner’s] Private Dancer.”

THE QUALITY I LIKE MOST IN OTHER PEOPLE IS…
“Loyalty and being straightforward, no BS. I’m allergic to enablers.”

I SMELL LIKE…
“Lily of the Valley.”

MY FAVORITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS…
“Adidas track suits, sneakers... I dont really have an off-duty look, but that's what I wear when I travel, for comfort.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“I'm not really obsessed with anything, I'm just passionate about the things I'm involved in: my charity, Fashion For Relief, and helping refugee women and children learn a skill to have a future.”

ONE THING ON MY BUCKET LIST IS…
“Traveling to Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia to visit the temples.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Adding a bit of gold in the corner of the eye for a sparkly fresh look.”

ONE MYTH ABOUT MODELS I WOULD LIKE TO BUST IS…
“That we do give back.”

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IS…
“China Club in Hong Kong.”

Use yourself and what you've become to help others
Life advice from Nelson Mandela

SOMEONE I STALK ON INSTAGRAM IS…
“I find Russell Simmons (@unclerush) very inspiring about good health, yoga and well-being.”

THE BEST LIFE ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“From former President Nelson Mandela - to use yourself and what you've become to help others, and let your passion guide you in your choice.”

POST-MODELING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“Always continue to work on my charity, Fashion For Relief, and other philanthropic organizations I care about. And to always share my knowledge with the newcomers.”

MY CHILDHOOD NICKNAME WAS…
“Ni.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNED…
“Most importantly, to be honest about who you are, be a blank canvas and open to all creative ideas with the willingness to change and rise to every challenge.”

MY FAVORITE TV SHOW IS…
The Handmaid’s Tale.

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
Initiation by Elisabeth Haich.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To live one day at a time, stay in the moment and be present.”

NAOMI CAMPBELL

BORN: 1970 in South London

DISCOVERED: On an April afternoon, when 15-year-old Naomi was hanging with her friends after school. 

AGENCY: New York Model Management 

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