This is Naomi Campbell on the cover of the new issue of Vogue Russia, wearing what I think must be described as The Lavender Wig of Bedazzled Shanks (much like Britney Spears’ Pink Wig of Doom). I’ve thrown in some additional shot of Naomi’s latest magazine appearance below (full slideshow here).
But what I really wanted to share was this epic interview that Naomi did with The Daily Mail over the weekend. This bitch is so insane, it’s not even funny. I mean, it wasn’t even a month ago that her married Russian boyfriend paid off the New York limo driver that Naomi beat the crap out of - ALLEGEDLY. Don’t beat me, Naomi. Anyway, the whole thing is about how Naomi is two months away from turning 40 (Catherine Zeta-Jones’s age! Haha.). The full Mail piece is here, but here are some of the best excerpts:
On turning 40: ‘I thought I’d never actually make this birthday,’ she says. ‘I’ve had times when it was hard for me to look at myself in the mirror, because I didn’t really like who I was. The period from 1998 until 2005 was very difficult. I had to work out what was important – what I wanted to change and what I wasn’t happy with.
On her anger issues: ‘I have people around me who tell me I’m beautiful. But that goes in one ear and comes out the other. Anger wasn’t the only one of my issues – I have lots of them. I had to get clean and stay in the AA programme. I understand what keeps me on the right path. I don’t go every single day; I just go when I need to and I have my sponsor. Everyone knows what I’ve gone through. I’m human, I make mistakes, but I’ve come clean on them all. I don’t deny them. I’ve taken the heat and felt highly embarrassed by a lot of them. I’m not proud of the things I’ve done and the incidents that have happened in my life, and I would never say I was. But I did something about it. I’m not above learning lessons.
How does she “deal” with anger? ‘My family and my friends have helped. I don’t like yes-people. I don’t want yes-people around me; I think they’re extremely dangerous. I like people who are honest with me and tell me the truth. I can take it. I have much more respect for someone who tells me the truth. My real friends tell it to me like it is; I don’t need “enablers”. I need people who tell me what’s what.’
Will she ever beat anyone again? ‘I’ve matured. I stop myself from getting tired and burnt out. I want a quieter life today. I’ve been through the party scene. You get older and your life changes. Things that matter to you when you’re 20 don’t matter so much when you’re approaching 40.’
On all of that court-ordered community service: ‘I wasn’t above it,’ she says. ‘Cleaning the floor or wiping walls or chairs or windows.’ In 2008 Naomi’s temper again got the better of her when her luggage went missing at Heathrow. She was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for assaulting a police officer. ‘What did surprise me was that when I did my community service in England, I was left alone to do it quietly.’
On taking responsibility: ‘What happened in my past is that I would work until I was no good to myself. Now I’ve stopped the parties, stopped trying to burn the candle at both ends. I’ve come to learn you’re not missing anything by not going to everything. I work ten days, hard, and then I take a week off – and that’s how I do it. I’m not shirking blame for anything I did. I blame myself. I’m responsible for all my actions. But I’m also responsible for making those changes.’
Will she continue to beat people? ‘It may be odd for a model to say this, but you make more sense of yourself as you get older. I’m so much calmer. I’m not perfect. I’m very much a work in progress. But I’m trying. I’m working on my faults. That’s all you can do – work on them.’
[From The Daily Mail]
I think that’s a “yes” to the “will she still beat people?” question. No, I jest (no I don’t). I like that she “takes responsibility” for her own violent actions, but I don’t care for the way she glosses over her court-ordered community service for all of her violent attacks. Basically, I think she’s a little older, a little wiser, and she’s got the connections to ensure that many of her violent attacks won’t be made public nowadays. But we’ll see…
Vogue Russia cover and additional shots courtesy of HuffPo.