Naomi Campbell insists she never tried to "pin-point" Victoria Beckham as racist.
The 43-year-old supermodel launched a campaign to expose racial discrimination in the fashion industry last month and published an open letter with a list of fashion houses "accused of being guilty," with the former Spice Girls star one of those criticized for using just one non-white model in her London Fashion Week Show. However, Naomi insists she meant nothing personal against Victoria and even called her directly to discuss the problem in the industry as a whole.
"I called Victoria and I spoke to her. I don't want to pin-point anyone. It isn't a blame game. Everyone's name was on that letter because they'd done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like anyone else."
The document - which was addressed to the governing bodies of the fashion industries in New York, London, Paris and Milan - also criticized various, labels including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Marc by Marc Jacobs, for not using models of color but Naomi insists she wasn't worried about upsetting her friends in the industry.
Naomi Campbell broke down in tears while talking about her anger management issues.
The supermodel got emotional while filming her appearance on UK TV's The Jonathan Ross Show when she talked about how anger management classes saved her life. The 43-year-old star - who has previously been arrested for throwing mobile phones at her staff - said, "I made anger management serious. Anger is an emotion. There were things I had to deal with. You have to deal with it." As she teared up, she added, "I'm crying, you made me cry!"
But host Jonathan replied, "Oh f**k off, no I didn't!"
Naomi also opened up about her previous drug use - which included being addicted to cocaine for five years - saying she realized she had to quit because it was ruining her life. "I don't want to go back. No matter what it is that you're addicted to - you can be addicted to work - all it is, is an escapism. It's escaping something, no matter what. For me, I came to my realization at 29 that I didn't like myself the way I was, and that was it. Every day is a new day - I'm no perfect human being. I'm just living and I'm just breathing," she added.
Naomi Campbell has never struggled with her weight.
The 42-year-old British supermodel - who mentors aspiring models on new show The Face - has never had to rely on diet or exercise to stay slim and she loves to eat good food.
"I don't really know about weight or age. Weight was never something that was part of my time and I worked everyday. I've never struggled with weight and I think food is pleasurable," she said.
But she admits she is "still blessed to be working" in such a competitive industry and thinks up and coming models need to be prepared to stand out to get noticed as they have a lot of competition from actresses when it comes to landing campaigns and magazine covers: "You're up against a lot of girls going for the same job, and they only want a selected few, so you really do have to have something outstanding to catch their eye. In general the world is more competitive these days and there is no real preparation, so it's definitely harder to book the cover of a magazine. It's definitely harder to book in advertising, because they don't just use models anymore."
Naomi Campbell suffered a torn ligament in her leg after she was violently attacked and robbed on a Paris street.
The British supermodel was recently sporting a cast on her leg for a mystery injury and it has now been revealed she was set upon by a group of thugs after she tried to hail a cab in the French capital during the incident last month.
"It was terrifying. Naomi believes the assailant had been watching her, casing her out, and waited for a moment to strike when she was alone. She was attacked in the street as she hailed a cab, and robbed. Her leg was injured as she was violently pushed to the ground. She was understandably very upset and shaken up," a source told The New York Post.
It is not known what the thugs stole from her, but it's believed they were targeting the expensive jewelry she may have been wearing. The 42-year-old beauty's billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, immediately flew her by private jet to Vail, Colorado, where she was treated by J. Richard Steadman, one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the world. Naomi has been using a wheelchair and crutches to get around following the attack, and Vladimir has upped security around her.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was named Style Icon at the Elle Style Awards last night.
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon actress looked fabulous at the show wearing an Antonio Berardi dress, Sergio Rossi shoes, Irene Neuwirth earrings, and an Edie Parker clutch. The 24-year-old beauty - currently dating Jason Statham - was presented with her award by Cuba Gooding Jr. at the event, held at the Savoy Hotel in London.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell thinks it is important to "remember her roots."
The British native is the focus of her new documentary about her life as part of the CNBC Meets series, and in the show she explains how her upbringing in London helped to inspire her charity work.
"I've really enjoyed working with Tania on this show, and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished show. For me, it's really important to remember my roots and experiences growing up - it's those things that make you the person that you are. London will always be home to me, and it was so much fun to take a walk down memory lane and visit the house I grew up in."
Also in the documentary, Naomi talks about breaking barriers in fashion and her attempts to break down barriers for other black women, and there are also contributions from her mentor, legendary producer Quincy Jones and Duran Duran stars Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes.
Taking a break from the runway, Naomi Campbell has reportedly designed a line of jeans for Fiorucci.
The British supermodel is set to show her debut collection for the Italian denim wear label at Milan Men's Fashion Week - which is currently underway - although it has not been announced on event schedules.
While denim wear is thought to be an unusual choice for Naomi, 41, as she hardly ever wears jeans, she was spotted in denim at the recent Cannes Film Festival in May. However, on the rare occasions Naomi does decide to wear jeans, she usually relies on her close designer pal Victoria Beckham to get her out of a style rut.
"Victoria is amazing, a real sister. When I'm stuck in a rut, she's always at the other end of the phone to send a pair of jeans. They work wonders on the legs. I love her designs. I'm always in them. I've worked with Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and so many great designers. So I'm proud Victoria is up there too."
Fiorucci enjoyed huge success in the 70s and 80s and is now owned by Italian fashion giant Ittierre after financial and legal issues in the 90s.
-- Supermodel Eva Herzigova is expecting her second child with her partner Gregorio Marsiaj. The couple already have 3 year-old son George who appears on the Fall/Winter 2010 cover and editorial of Vogue Niños España with his 37 year-old mom.
-- English model and actress Lily Cole has ditched her signature red locks for a darker look. While she looks good in anything, I do miss her red hair!
-- In his first television interview since his infamous MTV VMA Taylor Swift outburst, Kanye West showed off his diamond teeth to Ellen DeGeneres. No, it is not a grill. Yes, they are now his real teeth.
-- Despite initial reports that PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was planning an attack on Victoria Beckham for using animal skin in her new line, PETA has since denied the claims... for now.
-- Inez and Vinoodh shoots Sasha Pivovarova for Vogue Nippon's December issue. Too bad Sasha looks like a woodland creature trying to pass as a leprechaun.
Naomi Campbell admits she has made “many mistakes.”
The supermodel—who has been involved in a string of scandals throughout her career, including various claims of assault—hates to be regarded as a role model because she knows she is flawed, but insists she is trying to be a better person.
“I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. I’m not a perfect human being. I have to learn from my mistakes. And a lot of the ones I’ve made have been public. So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don’t know if I’ve been a great role model myself. I don’t think I have in certain aspects of my life. But I’m trying to do better. I admit to my mistakes. I admit to the things that I’ve done wrong. I admit it. But I’m trying to do right by myself and my life now.”
Despite her troubled past, the 40-year-old beauty says she never wallows in her mistakes but will allow herself a brief period to get herself back on track again. “I don’t get depressed. When I feel an attack, I withdraw. I disappear, I replenish, and then I come back. I’m not going to wallow in self-pity and not live my life. There are always going to be some falls in life for everybody, no matter what career you have. You have to roll with the punches and keep going.”
Naomi Campbell insists she is a lot healthier than when she first started her career.
The supermodel, who celebrated 25 years in the fashion industry with an exclusive party last week, says she is now taking care of herself and has never felt better. “I feel healthier. My whole diet is different; I feel that my thoughts are clearer now.”
Throughout her illustrious career, Naomi has worked with many photographers but says it’s impossible to pick out a favorite: “No, there isn’t a favorite because they’re all at different times of my life and they’re a timeline of my life, they all mean a lot to me. Of course, Herb Ritts is no longer with us but Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Tom Munro, David Tang - they’re all different and important.”
Naomi also revealed her excitement at seeing more black models in the industry because there were hardly any when she first started out. “It’s a lot better than it was. I’m impressed with Fashion Week in New York. I have to see the end of fashion week in London to know but it’s been really great so far.”
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