Naomi Campbell says she is a 'bossy and motherly' mentor who speaks honestly

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Naomi Campbell walks the runway during the Kenneth Ize show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 24, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
Naomi Campbell walks the runway during the Kenneth Ize show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 24, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)

The supermodel doesn't give out advice unless she's asked, and when young models do turn to her for guidance, she'll pamper them while also speaking honestly in order to ensure they don't stray in the "wrong direction". Discussing on her plain-speaking ways as a judge on 'The Face' and 'Making The Cut', she says, "I'm bossy and motherly. And I don't want to see my babies go in the wrong direction, if I can say, 'Don't do that, do this.'

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"I don't put my nose in, but if I'm asked, I'm going to give my opinion. And when they come running to me, I'm gonna pamper them," she adds. Naomi thinks its sweet that the younger generation of models have awarded her the honourary title of aunty. "I don't feel old. Even when I was called aunty 10 years ago, I've never felt old. I find them sweet."

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The model also let us in on the challenges she faced when she had to shoot at home for the Essence cover she graced, "There was a definite fear factor to that. I learned how to use the clicker, bluetooth and all this stuff that Essence kindly set me. That was a challenge, but we have to adapt," she says speaking to Observer magazine.

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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