Naomi Campbell Talks Racism In Fashion And Mentoring Young Models

October 4, 2013  |  

The beautiful Naomi Campbell graced the cover of a recent issue of Net-a-Porter. Inside, the 43-year-old knockout discusses racism in the fashion world, why she mentors models and Nelson Mandela. Catch a few of her interview highlights below.

On mentoring models:

“I want people to really understand what the world of modeling is about, and how hard we work. I like the mentoring aspect, as opposed to sitting in my chair and judging someone. It’s really rewarding to see the models transformed and it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”

On racism in fashion:

“I do think there is still racism. Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn and I speak with each other and, sometimes, I’m a little horrified with the things they tell me.”

On how she stays in fit:

“Since I had my operation on my knee [in 2012, after being reportedly mugged], Pilates has become very important. I don’t want to build muscle, just to tone. I’m not extreme about what I eat – I let chocolate and crisps come in at times. You have to allow the little things that make you happy. For ten days prior to the Versace show, I just drank juice – carrot, ginger, pineapple – to cleanse.”

On Nelson Mandela:

“There will never be anyone like him again. When you meet him, you just get such a positive aura. It’s incredible.”

On building industry relationships:

“I LEARNED something from each photographer I WORKED with, their different styles and how they WANTED me to be.”

Watch footage from Naomi’s shoot below. Click to the next page for photos.

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