Naomi Campbell: 'I don't live in the past'

By Drum Digital
27 February 2014

When Naomi Campbell first ventured in front of a camera to earn her keep there really was no such thing as a supermodel.

That was nearly 30 years ago and Campbell was just 15. She went on to be the first black woman on the cover of French Vogue at 18 - and the first black model to hit the cover of Time. Now, at 43 and going strong, she thinks the word supermodel has lost its oomph. "To be quite honest, today I don't know if I want to be called that name because everyone and their mother is called a supermodel and I'm like, 'OK, I'm just a working model,'" said the most-definitely-a-supermodel as she sat in an NBC conference room with hair and makeup people madly preparing her for a round of interviews. "I never believed in that hype," Campbell added.

"It's a name and yes I say it for promotion but it's not what I deeply think inside of myself. I feel that I'm just a model who loves what I do."

Any regrets?

"My life is my life. I don't live in the past. I live in the present," she said. "I've had a blessed life, a very colorful life, so there are no changes. This is the way it's meant to go and I'm grateful for it."

Among her many gifts is confidence, she said, like the stuff required to pose full body sans any clothes at all in Interview magazine last year at an age when many models have long moved on. Nude is something she's done before, when the moment was right.

"There's probably a handful of photographers that I will do that with and Mert (Alas) and Marcus (Piggott) are two of them," Campbell said of the Interview shoot. "It's based on trust. They're going to make me look good. I wasn't going to look vulgar. I think when you do something like that it's really because you have nothing to hide."

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