Naomi Campbell supports Jussie Smollett on Attitude magazine


When I think of Naomi Campbell, generosity is not usually the first word that comes to mind. However, that is exactly the way to describe Naomi’s recent interview and magazine cover with the amazing Jussie Smollett. Not only does she share the cover of the September issue of Attitude magazine with her Empire co-star, but she is effusive about how much she adores working with him.

She’s carved out a dominant niche in the modelling industry.

Yet Naomi Campbell happily shared the spotlight as she graced the cover of Britain’s Attitude magazine with her Empire co-star, Jussie Smollett.

Drawing inspiration from the hunky actor’s limitless talent- regardless of his sexuality- Naomi enthused: ‘I’ve always said without gay men, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’

Draping her arm around the 33-year-old actor signalling their tight bond, she continued: ‘I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me.’

‘Jussie is an unbelievably talented, intelligent, kind and courageous human being and I have enjoyed working alongside him. He has incredible presence and energy’ she gushed about Jussie who donned a sequinned blazer for the shoot.

The California native, who takes on the role of Jamal Lyons in the series, also spoke out about the frustrations of keeping his real identity hidden in Hollywood.

‘I get tired of the idea of someone telling me what my truth is. I’ve said from the beginning of my journey: I do not hide who I am. I love who I love.

‘No one is going to tell me that somehow that is going to be my disability. I am told so many times that I should not walk truly in my blackness, that I should not walk truly in my sexuality, I should not walk truly in who I am. I say thanks but no thanks, f*** you and goodbye.’

[From Daily Mail]

Despite some of her less attractive personal traits, Naomi Campbell is such an amazing model and she makes it look effortless. Knowing just the little I do about Jussie, I agree with Naomi’s assessment of him. He continues his advocacy for LGBT and civil rights, which he has been doing since a very young age. In the Attitude article, Jussie says he think coming out helped his career, “I honestly think that me being myself has actually helped my career move forward.” He also credit’s Frank Ocean’s coming out in 2012 because, “he eased the punch for Jamal, therefore easing the punch for me”. I really want to hear more from Jussie. The way he frames his confidence, by not letting someone else tell him what his truth is, is wise. When I read his words, I see how I can apply them to my own children in their realities and it makes me especially grateful. Jussie is working on his album for Columbia Records, he just finished filming Marshall – in which he plays Langston Hughes to Chadwick Boseman’s Thurgood Marshall – and he’s also in Alien: Covenant, out next year.

I absolutely love this picture.



Photo credit: Attitude magazine, WENN and Fame/Flynet Photos

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  1. QQ says:

    I Love him and his IG, I love how he stays pranking Taraji!

  2. Nev says:

    Naomi Forever. Love it.

  3. Nicole says:

    Naomi is a supermodel. one of THE best. Not the insta-bi**hes of the moment.

    and I love Jussie. He’s so awesome in person and online. Just an absolute gem

  4. Miss M says:

    “When I think of Naomi Campbell, generosity is not usually the first word that comes to mind”
    Me neither. I think cell phones! I kid, I kid. She is a great model. Good on her for supporting him.
    The last picture is beautiful!

    • V4Real says:

      Well she’s not a bitch to the people who works with her, she’s only a bitch to the people who works for her. 🙂

  5. Colette says:

    It’s sad that Jussie is primarily on this cover because of Naomi.The fact is these LGBT magazines like Attitudes,Out,etc are more likely to put a straight person on their cover than a LGBT Person of Color.I guess it’s a positive step since they usually put white straight guys on their covers.

  6. Nanea says:

    Jussie is such a handsome guy and those photos are so beautiful!