Naomi Campbell covers the December issue of Remix Magazine, a New Zealand fashion/celebrity magazine. Naomi still looks amazing, doesn’t she? She might be a terrible person who will beat you with a bedazzled phone, but still… so beautiful. Naomi is also the Queen of Shade. I would argue that Naomi has always been pretty great at the subtle art of shade, and age has only made her more powerful. While many models of Naomi’s generation have rolled their eyes publicly at the current crop of Instamodels and nepotism-models, Naomi took a different approach in this Remix interview. And it made me laugh! Some highlights:
The Instamodels: “I think they’re great. I know all of these young girls, Instagram girls, and they’re all really respectful and sweet. If I can ever help them, it’s a pleasure for me to do that. I’ve helped a few of them with their walks.”
The change in the modeling industry: “I think it is a change in the industry. It seems to be that there are so many more models now and it is so much more competitive. It just seems to be that they come in and out much faster. There is a group of girls, I think, that have staying power. I never thought I’d be doing it this long either. You love what you do so you do it to your best. If you don’t like it, then don’t do it. It’s that simple.”
Branching out into acting: “I’ve waited for years. I believe things come when they’re supposed to. I’ve been really blessed that Lee Daniels and Spike Lee and other friends, actors as well, have encouraged me to act. It took a while and I’m really grateful to be given the chance. It’s fun. I’m having fun doing it and enjoying it and learning every day. It’s a work in progress. I’m learning. The one I’m doing now in Star I play a drunk; Lenny Kravitz’s wife, and it’s a lot of fun. I mean, I don’t drink, but I’m getting to play one. ‘The similarity is with modelling it’s more like a silent acting. With acting you get to express yourself with your emotions and say things aloud. You can feel if you got that right take or not. You feel it…. You know right away if you hit it or you didn’t hit it. You know if you have to do it again. Most importantly, what I try to do, is forget that I am Naomi Campbell, whatever that may be. I don’t think that way. I still go to restaurants and sit at a table and if someone looks at me I’m like, “Why are they looking at me?”.’
On feminism: “Women have always been the strength behind the men, I’m sorry to say. Men show the strength on the exterior, women can sometimes appear to be weak on the exterior, but we are not weak. We are far stronger than men, for a fact. Behind every great man is a great woman.”
“I know all of these young girls, Instagram girls, and they’re all really respectful and sweet.” Respectful is the operative word there. The young ones must pay their respect to Naomi. And, “If I can ever help them, it’s a pleasure for me to do that. I’ve helped a few of them with their walks.” HAHAHA. That’s amazing. I wish she would have name-checked which Instamodels she “helped” with their “walks.” Because honestly, all of those girls need it. Especially Gigi and Kendall.
As for Naomi’s take on feminism… I don’t get why she’s talking about strength and weakness and men versus women. But whatever, I’m not going to argue with her! (Because I don’t want a face full of phone.)
Photos courtesy of WENN, Remix.