Naomi Campbell doesn’t eat for days sometimes: ‘I eat when I feel like it’

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Which is more annoying: when a very slender model lies and claims that she eats everything, whenever she wants, or when a very slender model goes on and on about her insanely restrictive diet? To be fair, both are pretty annoying. I think I appreciate the honesty more, and I appreciate it when a model is like “of course it takes work to stay this skinny, of course I can’t eat French fries and chocolate, are you crazy?” So it is with my hate-respect for Naomi Campbell. Naomi has never tried to be normal, to be Just Like Us, to sell herself as a model of the people. She dates billionaires and collects diamonds from African warlords. She’s ALWAYS on a diet. And it’s not a trendy diet either. It’s an old-fashioned “I don’t eat a g–damn thing” starvation diet.

Intermittent fasting — going around 14 hours without eating — is a major diet trend these days. But supermodel Naomi Campbell takes it a step further, occasionally going full days sans food. The 49-year-old talked about her unusual eating habits on a recent episode of the U.K. talk show Lorraine, and said that she decides when to eat based on how she’s feeling that day.

“I eat when I feel like it,” she said. “I don’t starve myself. If I want to do a day of just not eating, I do it and just do water or juice. Depends how I feel.”

Campbell said she doesn’t feel motivated to eat on warmer days.

“In the heat, sometimes I don’t [eat], I just want to do juice,” she said. “It’s too hot. [It’s] never planned. It could be one day, it could be two days a week. It’s just when I feel like it.”

In 2010, Campbell told Oprah Winfrey that she goes on a similarly restrictive diet, the Master Cleanse, three times a year. The program, also known as the Lemonade Diet, is food-free, and only consists of three drinks — a lemonade with cayenne pepper and maple syrup, a salt water drink and a laxative tea. “The most I’ve ever done it for is 18 days,” she said of the Master Cleanse. “It’s good just to clean out your body once in a while.”

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The only thing I understand is not wanting to eat when it’s crazy-hot. I also lose my appetite when I’ve been out and about in the heat. But… then I want ice cream to cool down. Naomi Campbell doesn’t know ice cream. She’s never met ice cream. Anyway, it sounds more like Naomi just has a crazy level of self-restraint AND that she’s basically been starving herself for half of her life. No wonder she beats people with bejeweled phones. I would as well if I never ate when it was above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  1. Blue Orange says:

    I think some people find this way of life MUCH easier than others. I’m generally very slim, to the point that my doctor always questions me as though I have a disorder but I also go for days or weeks barely eating and then my appetite returns.

    I tend to find that this is related to my monthly cycle and some months are more extreme than others. Some months I will eat a banana and survive on tea and coffee for the rest of the day, for two or three weeks. I’m not hungry and eating makes me feel sick. Some months I get super hungry just before my period and pile it all back on but if I have a month where that doesn’t happen, I lose a lot of weight.

    Also eating in this way causes a vitamin deficiency, which I did some research on and found can make you lose your appetite, so now that I’m aware of that, if I start to feel unwell, I force myself to eat.

    • Gil says:

      For me it’s totally the opposite. Before my period I gain weight because I’m reaching for candy and stuff and I lose the weight after my period. Rinse and repeat.

      I was skinny during college because I was so broke I could not feed my self properly. I’m not glorifying starvation or anything but there is a point in which you won’t feel the hunger anymore or the urge to eat. You could go days without feeling the urge to eat and you could go days with only a bowl of cereal.

      • Fleur says:

        @Gil, same! I was super skinny during grad school because I was broke and couldn’t afford regular meals/proper food shopping. I cosign the “there’s a point where you don’t feel the urge to eat” remark. I remember my stomach must have gotten so small at that point that even half a meal would make me feel full. It also left me super nutrient deficient and I started getting random bruises on my arms–that was really what shocked me into sanity again. I went to get a physical and most of my blood panel was flagged with crazy highs and lows. It all went away when I started eating normally again.

    • yeet says:

      hey BlueOrange, I just wanted to say that sounds kind of rough, what you have had to go through. It sounds like you’re better, and I hope it stays that way.

      I am not diagnosing you, and hopefully not projecting, but wanted to share that what you wrote sounds a little like what I suffered from – is it ARFID or EDNOS – avoidant /resistant food intake disorder or eating disorder not otherwise specified, I don’t know. But I do know what I had was sometimes seen in little kids who can’t gain weight, or those with autism who have issues with specific textures. I don’t really know the reasons why, just that my brain doesn’t want to eat, and it’s really hard and weird to explain to others because…who know why my brain does what it does. and there were some other health issues that made eating not feel good for me too.

      • Blue Orange says:

        Thanks. I hadn’t really considered it any kind of disorder. I just assumed it was hormone related because I love food and will eat when I’m hungry but I just go through periods where I’m really not hungry for a long time and food makes me feel sick. I will have a look into that though.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        So to Blue orange,yeet,and Gil – I hear you all.Like REALLY.I am slim and hey,Blue Orange sometimes I don’t eat for a few days.My situation may be different,because as I’ve blabbed on here for a while is that I have Crohn’s disease 29 years now.(and the diarrhea and distended abdomen are awful)I don’t know why,but I’m simply not hungry and would prefer to drink than eat some days (and @Kaiser- ice cream is my favorite dinner sometimes,especially DQ Reese blizzard)Oh wellSo today I’ve had cheese,coffee and 2 beers😜)!But I don’t know about Naomi,she’s probably trained herself to fast long periods so as to debloat,we all have our normal,IDK,I truly think food simply affects us all differently and listening to our bodies is never trouble unless you starve.I have said before and will say again I can gain AND lose weight rapidly,All we can do is try.I want a super healthy diet,but some days bloat takes over and I fast,and sleep,and read Celebitchy!To each their own is my opinion.My best to you all!

    • Eliza says:

      Tea and coffee are appetite suppressants as well. If you lowered the intake you’d be hungrier on those days too. But i don’t know how to your feeling sick during your cycle. I’m on B6 now for nausea and it’s helping but not sure if it would help your issue as well. Feeling pain is no good. Wish you well.

    • JaneEyreApparent says:

      I have a friend who is the same. She is never hungry and often has to remind herself to eat. She also vomits easily, so she may have some unpleasant associations with food as well. I feel bad for her.

  2. Gil says:

    I don’t know how to feel about this. I mean she has a crazy body, she looks toned and really slender. She really has the super model body from the 90’s. It’s not like she looks like a sack of bones like nowadays models. At least she is telling the truth: it takes a lot of self-control to achieve that kind of appearance. I mean she lives from her appearance, she makes her coin from it

    • yeet says:

      Gil, I agree with you. I think she is lying though. As you said, she cares about protecting her coin – her aura of elite supermodel-ness. Making it seem like she has to suffer and do extreme things is part of her image of seeming elite?

      From the little I know about eating disorders, when your food intake is really inconsistent – not eating or eating very little for several days, or weeks, – followed by eating normally again – your body doesn’t normally just pick up right where it left off, like you never stopped eating, it freaks out. You lose (water) weight but then regain it and then some and can appear puffy.

      Google refeeding syndrome – your electrolytes get so screwed up from not eating, that once you start eating again you can die. If you haven’t been able to eat for weeks or have been at super low calories, you’re supposed to go to the ER and get monitored as they check potassium, sodium, and magnesium levels which can go low due when you go from no to more food intake.

      Or you can develop bowel impactions, or send your brain into a coma because of hypoglycemia. There is a reason we have meals on wheels and food banks. There’s a reason so many homeless people in my area who do what she says are completely gaunt. But she hasn’t lost any muscle?

      So, there are all these serious side effects that are documented in people who don’t eat, and she’s saying she’s never suffered from them? I call BS.

      and eating how she describes, you would also loss a significant amount of muscle – i.e. your lean mass, which is so important for bone health, overall metabolism, fitness. Your body breaks that down when you eat so little, because it will do anything to keep your brain alive.

      along the lines of a covergirl campaign: Maybe she’s a genetic freak who can go 2.5 weeks on a master cleanse? Maybe she’s also a liar.

      • Teresa says:

        There are some valid points in your post.
        I used to be like that, go days with eating very little and not feeling hungry at all. Then I had to get my blood tested and the results were so bad.
        It took me a lot of willpower to force myself to eat normally and not make decisions based on whether I felt hungry or not.
        I still don’t know what causes this reaction to not feel hungry, but I have convinced mysef over and over that it is not normal and a person needs to eat.

      • Some chick says:


        I eat like that… I don’t go for days without eating *anything* but some days I eat very little. I do take vitamins nearly every day.

        Since I’m not a supermodel, in my case they refer to it as disordered eating. 🙂 I’m also not doing it to be skinny (and I’m not skinny). It’s just how I’m wired/broken.

        It’s totally not healthy. I am working on it. It’s hard! You can’t just not eat, even if you don’t want to. Like I said I take vites, and try to make what I can eat count.

        But, I bet you Naomi has access to fancy fresh pressed veggie juices and so forth. She doesn’t look like she’s not getting any nutrition at all. Probably just few calories. She probably tracks it (or has a personal chef – my god, if I were that rich, I would!) I’m sure she also exercises.

        I doubt she’s “lying” so much as simplifying.

      • Ronaldinhio says:

        @yeet you won’t get refeeding syndrome from skipping a day or two of food. When I was having chemo I was nil by mouth of periods of 5-7 days on hospital oncologist orders – even that did not require refeeding although we were all very aware of it.
        Many of the people I know from that time use fasts to encourage autophagy and hopefully keep the cancer at bay. It is also supposed to be great to anti ageing and weight loss, which weren’t my focus

  3. Jo says:

    “It’s good just to clean out your body once in a while.”
    Jesus. That’s what your kidneys are for.
    Do people really think pooping equals cleansing?

    • lana86 says:

      It’s actually even the opposite: when you only drink for days, with no fiber , you get constipated. Literally shit stops moving and you get slowly poisoned from inside.

      • KidV says:

        Dehydration causes constipation, not lack of fiber. Fiber helps keep your gut hydrated (it absorbs liquid), but if you’re drinking liquids and not eating you don’t need the fiber, your gut is hydrated. Fiber doesn’t “move” anything.

      • jennifer says:

        @lana86, this is 100% untrue

    • WingKingdom says:

      Absolutely! Kidneys and liver do the cleansing. If anything, give those a rest and take a break from alcohol. Other cleanses make no sense.

      • London says:

        True, kidneys and liver do the cleansing, but they can get sometimes overwhelmed, because of poor diet, alcohol, coffee, environmental stress, genetic weakness and so on.
        Even though I don’t drink alcohol at all, smoke or do drugs and I eat a healthy diet very close to what mother nature provides, once a year in the summer time on a Saturday I stay in my house the whole day, just reading, napping and watching a good movie and on this day I will go without food.
        I drink plenty of water and organic green juices that I make myself at home out of spinach, black kale, Italian parsley, celery stalks, and broccoli that I grow in my garden.
        The next day I eat a couple of salads and some freshly made warm soup.
        It works great for me.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I know books love to truss it up in fancy language and pretend the body is a delicate organic machine, but it’s really not. Your kidneys and liver are workhorses. They will work if you are eating terribly. They will work if you are eating well. They will work if you aren’t eating period. They are designed to work and work hard regardless of most diets because human civilization had to survive within a massive biodome with a remarkable variety of landscapes and flora/fauna to subsist on. If you eat a huge tub of ice cream, your body will break it down into nutrient components (proteins, lipids, glucose) and use it. If you eat a salad, your body will do the exactly same thing. Your organs do not delineate between “healthy/unhealthy.” What they can’t use, they’ll toss into fat stores for later usage or excrete via urine/feces.

        Your kidneys and liver do not get “backed up.” They do not need “routine cleansing.” They don’t get “overwhelmed” unless you’ve drank a full bottle of vodka and downed a box of Tylenol. The only way coffee and alcohol will destroy your kidneys or liver is if you are severely abusing them, and the former has yet to show any studied indication of kidney damage beyond limiting its intake in those with high blood pressure. “Poor diet” and “environmental stress” will not destroy your organs unless it’s a matter of severe calorie or nutrient deprivation. Long term drug or alcohol abuse, it can happen. Acute drug overdose, yes. Congenital or secondary disease, sure. (Most kidney failure is, in fact, a result of more serious diseases like diabetes or hypertension.) Advanced aging, sure. Physical injury, yes. All of these things can impede healthy function, but they are extremes and recognized as pathological states.

        But a normal, functioning body? Should work fine. You don’t need to do anything special to it. It will survive regardless of what you stick into it within a pretty high threshold of extremes. It has safety mechanism on top of safety mechanism to keep you from shutting down. The body is a remarkable machine designed to keep you alive. It has one job, and most of the time it does that job very, very well. Anybody else trying to sell you otherwise is lying or lacks an appreciable knowledge of how human anatomy works.

      • minx says:

        Veronica, thank you.

      • KidV says:

        Exactly, Veronica

      • Tris says:

        Veronica is the voice of reason.

      • London says:

        @ Veronica :
        I agree with you for the most part, but I think that even the ” best of machines ” may not work as well as it should, if it’s not properly treated.
        When someone abuses their body, sooner or later, the body will show distress, maybe bad skin, dry hair or brittle nails…it may show in various ways.
        In 29 years of my life I know pretty well what works and doesn’t work for me.
        I like my one day of year without eating and I take it very easy and do nothing, but rest, relax and drink lots of water and green juices.
        I feel good doing it and feel great after.
        It’s not extreme or harmful, it’s just feels good to me.
        Certainly much better choice in my opinion than crazy diets, obsessive exercise routines, abuse of alcohol, drugs, smoking, lack of sleep or skipping meals to fit into a pair of jeans or a bikini on vacation.

      • Veronica S. says:

        It’s not really a matter of agreement. The science exists regardless of what my personal opinions are. My point is that your statement about organs being “overwhelmed” is fallacious. It’s not based on fact. If sitting around calorie depriving your body once a week works for you without any ill effects, great, but it’s not doing anything special for your kidneys or liver. They will work regardless regardless of what you stick in your body within basic limits. Hell, they’ll work even in extreme situations for a shockingly long time because of secondary metabolic functions. If we were so fragile, most of us would die by age thirty.

        Dry skin, brittle nails, etc. can all be symptoms of diseases or malnutrition, sure, but we’re not talking about rampant physical bodily abuse. The comment you replied to was talking about normal, daily body function. Those things can also just occur due to environmental or genetic factors beyond control. But most of the time, they don’t occur in the general population even if they aren’t eating super “healthy.”

        Yes, what you’re doing to fit into a “bikini” is better than snorting coke or calorie starving your body seven days a week, but that sort of reveals the real intent at the base of the real argument – it has nothing to do with health and more to do with an intent to remain thin. If you decided to stop fasting one day of week and ate, your body will still be healthy and function normally. You may gain a few pounds, but that’s not a sign of ill health. And that’s fine – perfectly fine – if it’s not hindering your health if that’s the sacrifice you’re willing to make to stay thin. But I get annoyed when people dress it up in pseudoscience about “organ cleansing” or “metabolic reset” when really, the intent is staying thin. Just say that. Don’t pretend otherwise.

      • London says:

        Please enough already Veronica…
        first of all I do it once a year and not once a week.
        So, please kindly read my comments before responding.
        It works for me and that’s it, it’s my decision, my choice and my body.
        I’m a slim woman of age 29, I’ve never had a weight problem in my life and I’m not trying to lose any weight, since I really can’t afford to lose any.
        Frankly not eating one day a YEAR would do NOTHING to help me to become thin, even if that would be my intent, which it is NOT.

      • Wow says:

        @london your opinion is incorrect and not based in any fact. Your individual body isn’t beating science or different or special.

        You can fast, juice, cleanse or whatever. Its your Choice. Doesn’t change that it does absolutely nothing to help your organs, it doesn’t “clean” or “rest” them and its a fallacy that is proved to be wrong over and over and over. This “cleansing” side of the corporate diet culture which was 100% made up based on creating products to sell and not in any science should absolutely recieve push back. I would be more concerned if no one was correcting you.

        You can do whatever you want, it doesn’t do what you think it does. No one is special and no ones body beats science. If you need “cleansing” you are dying and on dialysis. Otherwise you are just doing pseudo science diet culture.

      • Veronica S. says:

        You made a non-factual statement on a public forum, and I corrected it. Simple as that. What you do with your body is beyond any concern of mine. While I did misread your original comment – and I do apologize for that – that doesn’t alter the fallacious nature of your claim that organs somehow need a random annual reboot through single day of fasting. Your body, quite simply put, does not work like that.
        If it makes you feel better, great, but that’s a purely psychological response and not anything based in actual biological function. Argument done, and I will be on my way out.

      • incognito08 says:

        Exactly Veronica S! Finally, a voice of reason!

      • Mignionette says:

        @Veronica S – I have to disagree slightly. Whilst our Livers and Kidneys do not get backed up in the way you describe, they do become inefficient for various reasons. For example those with NAFLD (Non alcoholic Fatty Liver disease), which is usually caused by a sugar/ carb rich diet, do benefit from detoxing the liver and fasting. That is why Keto and IF works so well for some people, they are effectively switching to fat burning which liberates the fat stores which have clogged up and congested their livers.

        Likewise poor gut flora can and does affect the gut, liver and kidneys. Clearing opportunistic bacteria such as SIBO/ SIFO/ H Pylori etc significantly improves the functioning of the body and boosts the immune system.
        Not everyone needs these interventions, but some do when the basic functions of the gut, liver and kidneys are not working as they should or have become compromised.

        In fact I will go as far as to say that if your’re struggling with PMS, perio-menopause or menopause then yes your liver is very likely implicated.

      • Whitecat says:

        Fasting helps with Jetlag too.

    • My3cents says:

      Religious Jews fast once a year- no food and no water for over 24 hours. Religious Islamic people also fast during the Ramadan , they only eat after the sun sets, and they are fine.
      I think fasting has a lot to do with beliefs and ceremonial purposes in a lot of different cultures . Cleansing is more the current culture appropriation for it.

  4. Mellie says:

    I would never make it. Period.

    • SuperStef says:

      I second that, Mellie.

    • London says:

      @ Veronica and Wow : First of all I have never even mentioned the word science in any of my comments.
      I only said that ONCE A YEAR FOR A DAY I do not eat food, only drink water and freshly squeezed green juices that i

    • London says:

      @ Veronica and Wow :
      I never even mentioned the word science at all, so I don’t know why that word is being dragged into this conversation.
      I only fast one day a year, because it makes me feel better not because of any pseudo science or any other science whatsoever.
      As I said previously I go without food for ONE SINGLE DAY A YEAR and I only drink water and freshly squeezed green juices that I make myself from the green veggies I grow in my lovely garden.
      I do not buy books, supplements, cleansing drinks or juices, just water and freshly squeezed juices I do myself for 1 single day a year.
      I AM NOT PROMOTING ANYTHING, I just like how it makes me feel.
      That is all.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        From a personal standpoint and as a person with a background in medicine I think you are physically just fine fasting one day per year ,if there’s a psychological problem that’s different,but a super cleanse once a year sounds safe and sane to me.

  5. Kristen says:

    Not that this makes it a good thing for her to do, but I doubt that going a few days without eating is difficult for her at this point. Her body has probably adjusted to this sort of eating schedule, which means that she doesn’t feel hungry like someone eating more regularly.

    • Becks1 says:

      Those were my thoughts too. At this point, its probably just her lifestyle. And I do appreciate that she is honest about how she looks the way she does.

    • Millenial says:

      I definitely think it’s a thing you can get used to. I never ate breakfast in high school and it never bothered me. Straight A’s. Now if I don’t eat by 6:45am I’m on the verge of a mental breakdown, haha. I would love to do intermittent fasting — maybe I’d lose the last 15 pounds of baby weight. But, I don’t think my family would appreciate my hangry attitude.

  6. minx says:

    Food is one of the pleasures of life.

    • Hollz says:

      Not for everyone. I’d be 100 percent happier if I never had to eat again

      • minx says:

        Um, really? You do have to eat to live, that’s the thing.

      • KidV says:

        Minx – that’s the point. Some people eat to live, others live to eat. I used to love to eat, but once I got it through my head that food wasn’t entertainment, it became easier to eat to live. I’m now a huge annoyance to my husband (he’s a foodie and does the cooking) in that I don’t care what he makes, just make it and I’ll eat it. And if I didn’t have to eat, I’d be fine with that.

      • minx says:

        I don’t live to eat but I enjoy food, going out to dinner and trying something new, etc. I wouldn’t call myself a foodie and I hate cooking, I want someone else to cook, lol.

      • jennifer says:

        @minx, I’m like you. I love to go out to eat, cook, and I enjoy food. I once dated a guy who ate to live, and did not enjoy food. I had never met anyone like that before. It was very strange, and he definitely took the fun out of going out to eat, sharing food, etc. He was very fit but I don’t think he looked at food as something bad, he was just wired different.

      • Tris says:

        I had a boyfriend once (very thin) who said if he could take a pill instead of eating food he’d do it. Eating brought him no pleasure at all. It brings me ALL the pleasure!

    • Aperol says:

      Minx, not everyone feels that way. My sister would genuinely be happy if they invented Human Chow and she could just consume something quickly once a day and be done with it.

      • minx says:

        I think that’s…well, too bad. No offense to your sister.

      • Aperol says:

        I used to think that, to be honest, and her awful mother-in-law is so nasty about it. Now I think, why should I care, as long as she’s healthy? She tries to get vegetables in as much as possible, she just isn’t fussed about eating in general. Food = something to be consumed to survive in her mind.

      • PixiePaperdoll says:

        I read an article once upon a time about pet food and it was pushing a raw diet and said something along the lines of: Imagine all your food was crunchy bits and only came in four flavors and if you added water, it made gravy.


        I love food. I love eating. I love it so much that I would be better off if I just got a cup of kibble a couple times a day and there were no other options.

      • Some chick says:


        It IS too bad! Personally, I love food. But much of the time, it’s hard for me to eat. Don’t judge us for having food anhedonia. Just be happy that you don’t.

      • SK2 says:

        I read an article in the New Yorker about such a product, a nutritionally complete food called Soylent that humans can eat three times a day and then not require anything else, no supermarket or cooking etc. it’s popular with Silicon Valley tech workers apparently

      • minx says:

        Some chick—I’m not judging, I just think food is lovely.

  7. tealily says:

    “Naomi Campbell doesn’t know ice cream. She’s never met ice cream.” Well, her loss. Ice cream is charming.

  8. lolalola3 says:

    She is so full of shit. Besides the fact that she has been in her late forties for about 10 years, she isn’t exactly a reliable source of truth. That said, anyone that looks to models for health information is a ninny. Yes she looks great…not “for her age.” She looks great for any age. And she is still modeling–although she doesn’t need the money–so I guess its just an ego thing these days. Kaiser must be right. Naomi gives new depth to the term Hangry.

    • Wisca says:

      NC has been one year longer than me since I was a senior in HS. She still is. What are you talking about?

    • JoJo says:

      Naomi has been in the public eye since she was a teenager, it would be impossible for her to lie about her age.She was born in 1970.As a matter of fact there are videos of her Youtube from 1986 when she 15/16 still in HS on British daytime talk shows.You can Google NC as a teenager.

  9. Jb says:

    Shocker!! Long time model goes days without eating!!! Call me when she starts throwing cell phones at ppl again.

  10. Maria says:

    You can starve yourself without feeling hungry. That’s the point of your body going into starvation mode. Not healthy at all.

    And her remarks border on thinking food is an “impurity” in the body, an attitude I have had in the past which is very very destructive.

  11. Chrissyms says:

    I can’t hate on this. She is a super model and has kept her figure supermodel slim even though is is in her 50’s? As women age hormones can play a big part and it is just harder to lose weight. I appreciate the honesty. I am closing in on 40 and am having a HARD time losing my baby weight from my last baby. It takes dedication. It just doesn’t fall off. Metabolism, hormones….blah blah. Not to say that being super slim is the key to happiness at all but I like that she isn’t telling us that she splurges and eats french fries when she clearly does not.

  12. Yup, Me says:

    I love her work in Africa, her talking about it here and what she’s said in the past about how Africa needs to guard their textiles and not just turn them over to people coming to acquire them.

  13. KidV says:

    Drinking juice is “eating”. Consuming calories isn’t fasting or starving.

    • tealily says:

      No, drinking juice is not eating.

      • KidV says:

        Then what do you consider it? You may not be chewing, but you’re body is ingesting food, calories, macros, and digesting it. Sounds like eating to me.

      • Molly says:

        put (food) into the mouth and chew and swallow it.

        Whatever juice thing she’s doing only checks two of the three. Verdict: Not eating.

      • tealily says:

        I considering it drinking.

    • Veronica S. says:

      You would have to consume and extraordinary amount of juice to get anywhere close to the number of calories an adult body requires (which also means water bloating), and it’s all sugary carbs with limited vitamin intake. Unless, of course, she’s drinking pure fruit-based drinks or diet, which are, again, low calories unlikely to meet physical needs.

      What she’s actually doing is filling herself up on water and fluids to trick her body into feeling full so she consumes fewer calories. In order words, she’s intentionally calorie starving to stay thin. Which, fine, it’s her life, but don’t fancy up the wording to make it palatable to the public. Just own it. Don’t pretend it’s not what it is.

      • Eenie Googles says:

        No you would’t. There are a lot of calories in juice. About 100/cup.
        It enough nutrition to keep you going, but enough calories to maintain weight for sure.
        This idea that juice is healthy and somehow doesn’t count as calories is not accurate. You can gain weight with juice the same way
        You can with soda.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Yeah, I didn’t say juice doesn’t have calories? That’s not my point. There’s nothing health conscious about drinking 20+ cups of juice because it’s all mostly sugar. Even protein shakes have a f*ck ton of sugar in them. So either she’s doing something incredibly stupid (pseudoscientific “juice cleansing” nonsense) or she’s intaking a very limited number of calories through drinking large amounts of low calorie juice/fruit mixed drinks to make herself feel fuller. It’s a common tactic for people with eating disorders.

    • jennifer says:

      What? Eating and drinking, not the same thing. What is going on with these comments??

    • Moneypenny says:

      No, drinking is not eating, but both are forms of consumption.

    • KidV says:

      LOL! You all are being too pedantic. Calories in your body, no matter if you chew or not (and according to “juicing experts” you’re supposed to chew your juice anyway to get the digestion enzymes going) is eating. The jaw going up and down doesn’t change anything. You’re ingesting calories, sugars, vitamins, your body is in digestion mode. There is no magic number of calories you can ingest where your body thinks, “nah, I’m good, I’m just going to sit here and do nothing”.

      Again, juicing is NOT fasting or starving, she’s consuming calories.

      • tealily says:

        What are you on about?

      • PleaseAndThankYou says:

        No one is being pedantic – you’re making very little sense, I’m not sure why *this* is the hill that you’ve chosen to die on, but once more, for the record: drinking juice is not “eating”. There is not a single sane argument that you can make that will change that.

        “Chewing your juice”?! Honestly… 🤦🏻‍♀️

      • JanetDR says:

        I totally agree KidV. Consuming calories is not fasting. There are many people who truly fast (ie. just water) for periods of time for a variety of reasons, health or weight loss primarily. In the 70s a protein sparing “fast” (not a fast because you consumed a horrible cherry flavored concoction that had some protein in it along with a potassium supplement) was a fairly common diet administrated by doctors. I did it in college and lost 50 pounds and did periodic true fasts after that ( unsupervised) for 3-5 days. More dependent on my social schedule than anything else. I never had any issues other than a head ache at first. You don’t feel hungry at all. I quit doing it when I was planning on conceiving . I do feel that this permanently lowered my metabolism , as it takes a ton of effort to reduce now.

    • Megan says:

      Juice really means blood. The only explanation for her agelessness is that she is a vampire.

    • KidV says:

      Thanks for moderating my posts and not letting my defend myself. Nice.

    • Jaded says:

      KidV: It’s drinking and it’s drinking basically sugar water. The majority of the nutrients are in the fibre, flesh and peels, not the juice, which get processed out of the fruits/veggies in a blender. You should scoop out all that nutrient and EAT it. After you DRINK the juice. And what gets the digestive enzymes going is actually thinking about what you’re about to eat or drink, not chewing it. You sure do have some whackdoodle ideas.

      • KidV says:

        FFS. I’m not a juicer, I don’t believe in juicing. I’m not advocating whackadoodle ideas. I’ve read about juicing to see what it’s about, that’s where I’ve read about chewing your juice to start digesting enzymes. I’m sure there are some juicing people here who know what I’m talking about but aren’t chiming in for fear of being jumped on as I was, and I don’t blame them.

        I believe juicing is eating. Big deal. Again, why is everyone so offended by that?

      • tealily says:

        What makes it whackadoodle if it’s the same thing as eating? Clearly even you see the difference!

      • KidV says:

        @tealily – You’re really reaching there.

        I’m done. I’ve obviously triggered something for so many people to come at me about something so unimportant.

        Have a great weekend, everyone.

    • Deanna says:

      I agree with you, KidV. For me, juice is a meal and I label it as eating, even if all I’m really doing is swallowing it (although I do tend to ‘chew’ juice, even when it’s only slightly pulpy).

      • N says:

        Consumption of glorified sugar water that has a ton of calories is NOT in any way, shape or form ‘eating’ solids. DRINKING juice/soda/water/sugar is simply consuming calories to stay alive.

  14. Haapa says:

    This is disordered eating.

  15. Seraphina says:

    While I am not a fan of Naomi, she looks damn good. Damn good. My Lord. I have been told I look good for my age but she looks great for any age. She puts girls half her age to shame. You go Naomi. Rock on. And she doesn’t look feline like Cindy. Original SM.

  16. An18 says:

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug

  17. Andrea says:

    I have a dear friend who has a blatant eating disorder (anorexia) coupled with severe anxiety. She cancels plans half the time because she is feeling unwell, she gets dizzy spells and chronic migraine headaches from lack of nutrients, which spikes her anxiety and becomes a vicious cycle. I am at my wits end on how to kindly approach her about this. It is like the elephant in the room with her boyfriend, family, friends etc. Articles like these will only fuel her condition further, which bothers me to no end.

    • Aperol says:

      Andrea, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s really tough to watch someone do that, and really tough to go through it.

    • PleaseAndThankYou says:

      Are you certain that her chronic migraines are not the culprit, here? I would proceed with caution. I’ve spent the last five years of my life dealing with chronic (at times, constant) migraines after miscarrying my first and only pregnancy. The pain and the nausea and the recovery periods after the migraines have destroyed my appetite, and I have found it incredibly difficult to keep weight on, let alone regain weight that I have lost through vomiting for up to 2-3 days at a time during migraines. I do whatever I can to get down a minimum number of calories in a day, on the days that I am able to, however, even with the use of medical marijuana, it can be difficult. It is terrifying to me what the long-term effects will be on my body, and I went from having started my career after graduate school to… my life being controlled by my migraines. I have overheard some rather cruel and rude speculation from people I know about my weight and their opinions on my health, but they are not with me 24/7, and they were not and are not there every single time I have had to be taken to the hospital to be intravenously rehydrated while barely conscious, and thus, have no idea what they are talking about. Despite knowing this, it hurts me and it depresses me the way other people obsess about my weight. My doctors (neurologist, GI, GP), my nutritionist and my husband are the only ones who have been there, and are the only ones who know exactly what is going on, in large part because I feel uncomfortable discussing it with anyone else as I’ve already heard the whole “she’s probably just got an ED” rigmarole.

      I do not know her situation, but I’m not sure that you do, either. Chronic migraines can have many triggers, but I find it… unlikely… that an ED would be the cause. Anyone suffering chronic migraines will have days where they have to cancel plans, and dizzy spells and migraines go hand in hand (in fact, one of the medications I take is a very large dose of a beta blocker – if I don’t keep my blood pressure up, I will get dizzy and I can pass out). Speculating like this – please remember that you are not her doctor, and you are simply making assumptions that can be incredibly hurtful and, honestly, harmful. If you want to speak with her about concerns you have about her health, then do so. There is nothing wrong with that. But do not do it behind her back. That is unfair.

      • Jaded says:

        Andrea actually stated that her friend has a “blatant” eating disorder so I assume she has been with her friend while she repeatedly turns down food while NOT having a migraine, and/or exhibiting bulimic behaviour after eating. My sister actually died of eating disorders complicated by alcoholism. She too had severe headaches but they were caused by NOT eating and drinking too much. You have your own personal perspective and that’s fine, and I’m so sorry about your miscarriage and subsequent health problems. Everyone is different and Andrea’s heart is in the right place by wanting to get her friend into some kind of therapy, which was not possible with my sister, she refused and would stop speaking to the family if we intervened. Furthermore, Andrea did not say she was going behind her friend’s back. This sounds like something the whole family will have to take part in so she can get her health back on track.

      • Some chick says:

        <3 With you on this.

      • Andrea says:

        My friend confided in me that when she was 19 she weighed 89 lbs from her disorder. She is now in her mid 30’s and weighs close to it, she won’t disclose her weight so I don’t know for sure. She has said though that she was 120 lbs in high school and would kill herself than be that “fat” again, so yes, definitely her headaches are due to lack of food intake not from the migraines. She also gets a lot of botox and lip injections as well and appears to have body dysmorphia. She also has confided in me she doesn’t get a regular period, which having been anorexic as a teen, I know that is often a result of anorexia. I have seen my friend pick at her food, move it around her plate, take an hour to eat half a slice of pizza etc. The more people that are around her when there is food around, the less she eats. At a party she hosts, she will serve a ton of food and I will see her touch none of it, simply drink alcohol and water.

  18. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    She is still so impossibly beautiful.

  19. Lala11_7 says:

    And now you know why Ms Campbell is ALWAYS one minute from throwing a full-blown temper-tantrum…her bony elbows…her purse…and her cell phone…


  20. Naddie says:

    No disrespect, but I only think about the terrible breath it causes. I’ve been a victim of people who don’t realize that for too long. The school years, my Lord!

    • Ladiabla says:

      Omg yes, empty stomach breath is the worst!!! If you’ve gone without eating alll day and haven’t had the chance to brush your teeth, god help the person next to you. Happened to me once when I laughed in the face of an ex and he almost expired lol. Luckily I love to eat so this was a rare occurrence. I just can’t be with someone who doesn’t enjoy food, it would never work. Naomi’s tantrums are totes due to her being hangry like 75% of the time. Mystery solved.

  21. Gigi La Moore says:

    Sometimes I’m just not hungry so I get it.

    • Elisa says:

      +1. It took me a while to really listen to my body and only eat when I`m hungry. Which is IMO much healthier…

  22. Annaloo. says:

    I am no nutritionist nor a dietician, and neither is Naomi, but we usually are the best barometers of our bodies and how we feel. If Naomi doesn’t eat, she doesn’t eat. Please pass her share of ice cream to me, thankyouverymuch

  23. Wisca says:

    Valter D. Longo, a cell biologist & bio•gerontologist / researcher at USC, has found (again through rigorous studies) that most Americans would benefit from a very low calorie fast / eating regimen five days a year. He is one of the world’s leading researchers on longevity. There is a ton of work done on this. NC looks young, in part, because of eating the way she does. Before you go off on me read the latest research on fasting and aging.

  24. Cindy says:

    As someone who used to model I always find comments like this very troubling.

    There’s as many “diets” as people in the world. I have met people who can go on a whole day eating a pair of bananas and green tea and seem perfectly functional and happy. I also know people who will get grumpy and feel the need to stuff themselves with more food 4 hours after having a 4 eggs with bread and bacon for breakfast.

    The problem is anorexia and eating disorders have ALWAYS been a huge problem in the modeling industry, and this is something everyone is aware of. I never tried to work in high fashion, but I know girls who did, and the way they talked about food was… sad. Really, sad. They chew on napkins when they are feeling hungry. They talk about eating nothing but a stick of celery for a whole day like it’s an accomplishment.

    As I said above, I’m aware there’s people who can naturally go on eating very little, but this is not the norm, and no, it’s not the norm in the fashion world either. To hear Naomi Campbell – literally one of the most iconic models of all time – talk about this with so normalcy, it will only encourage them to starve themselves further.

    Models always come up with excuses for their diets. “I’ve just never eaten much”, “I know it sounds weird, but I don’t like the taste of food”, “I’m naturally skinny, I have those genes”, and my favorite (not making it up) – “I mean Kate Moss is like 40 now and still working and she doesn’t eat much, and she does all those drugs and cigarettes”.

    Whenever I hear a model talking about her diet, I wish they always made a point that eating disorders ARE a problem in fashion and that they aren’t encouraging anyone to copy their diets. You’re adult women, you have nutritionists, you’re supermodels who get hired just for being who you are. For these (very) young girls, it’s different.

  25. Nev says:


  26. Patty says:

    Naomi is not malnourished. She isn’t going to starve or go into starvation mode by skipping a few meals and fasting for a couple of days here and there. There is no biological reason to eat three meal a day, or five small meals a day; eating patterns are cultural, not biological. The bigger problem, in my opinion, is people who eat when they aren’t hungry because they’ve had it beat into them that they have to eat three meals a day or they have to eat first thing in the morning. Listen to your body! If you are hungry, eat. If you are not hungry, don’t eat. Truth be told the vast majority of people living in the US and other modern western countries eat so much, they don’t even know what it’s like to be truly hungry – even if they skip a few meals here and there.

    • Wow says:

      Yeah, we have an obesity crisis. The people not eating enough are the extreme outliers. Honestly, more people should look at their daily intake and cut it back, in many cases pretty significantly. I’m extremely short, almost 40 and my diet is about 1600-1800 calories a day. That is HIGH for someone my size. I’m active, that’s why I focus on that to be my target for health and weight maintenance.

      Being overweight or obese is just another symptom of disordered eating in my opinion and it would probably be less of an epidemic if it was treated as such. I understand BMI can be a flawed metric, but our skeletons can only bare so much weight. Body builder’s have a lot of the same joint issues as obese people because weight strain is weight strain and even athletes generally are still within their healthy weight range or slightly above the ideal upper limit.

      The American view of health, healthy lifestyle, healthy eating or just what a portion of food in general is is seriously distorted. I have done diabetes counseling for hundreds of people. The majority have no idea just how many calories they consume and when faced with an appropriate amount of food and a diet plan feel like it’s unfair or starvation because of 25-40 years of American food conditioning. I find the younger people who are diagnosed are the easiest to coach into a better food relationship and educate about food, portions, labels and diets. Its the people I come across who are in their 40’s after a lifetime of weight issues but no obesity related issues until then are the most in denial about the excess fat they are carrying being the cause. A lot of people genuinely believe they are active when they are extremely sedentary. The personal truth, healthy at every size, my weight isn’t a reflection of health stuff isn’t helping ANYONE.

      I have a good friend who is a fertility specialist and people in denial that the excess fat being the cause of unexplained infertility is something that stresses this poor woman to tears regularly. It makes me grateful to work in emergency medicine where I don’t have to get attached to patients like she does.

      • PleaseAndThankYou says:

        But “the people not eating enough”, aka those suffering from anorexia, are at the greatest risk of dying NOW, not from complications down the line from diabetes, or another weight-related illness/medical issue. I am NOT disagreeing with you overall about the obesity epidemic – I just don’t want to minimize the danger that those battling ED’s like anorexia face.

      • Wow says:

        I wasn’t being flippant about eating disorders. I apologize if I was. I was mostly removing them from the argument because it is already treated like a serious medical problem and eating disorder. People who are obese, not slightly overweight, but obese are at extreme risk of health complications, it should be treated as a medical condition and symptom of an underlying condition like an eating disorder. No one under or overweight has a healthy relationship with food, but obese people don’t have the support or proper treatment behind them to recover long term since America has a pretty collectively bad relationship with food as a culture.

        Eating disorders like anorexia, binge purge, bulimia and such ARE less common, they ARE viewed as unhealthy and treated like a medical condition. Obesity is the most common symptom of what I consider an eating disorder and it is treated as an issue of vanity or personal weakness. They aren’t less important, they are just treated properly even though they are less common.

        Both issues are going to kill you. Anorexia is just quicker, possibly not. I’m not sure the average life expectancy of someone with Anorexia vs. Someone with morbid obesity off the top of my head, but I would hazard a guess they aren’t too far off one.

  27. Molly says:

    I believe her and I believe she’s not the only model that goes without eating. In her world it’s normal/applauded and she has no idea how sad that sounds to the rest of us. I’m 5’10 and was once 128 Ibs. I worked very hard to achieve that weight with working out and diet. I ate very little and would get upset with myself after eating 10 grapes. One thing that really stands out today looking back on that time in my life was that I was often complimented on how great I looked. Meanwhile I was running, biking and walking nearly 30 miles a week and counting grapes.

  28. Adowa says:

    I see many of us have the eating disorder where in our head were in controle of what we eat, so we just dont.
    The only thing we controle..

  29. SURFCHICK says:

    I do the same. Eat when I’m actually hungry. Sometimes the thought of eating when I’m not hungry make me feel like I’m going to throw up. I am not skinny either.

    • Parigo says:

      Same, I eat one meal a day because I don’t feel hungry. I’m over 40 and my metabolism has slowed down considerably.

  30. SJR says:

    NC is a very beautiful woman. Has always been. I do not like her personality, she seems to be a bit of a “Do you know who I am?” type celeb.

    Wasn’t she engaged to marry one of the band members of U2, decades ago?

    I like the first dress in this post, good color on her. She has lovely skin!

    I am not commenting on her diet or nutrition.

  31. HotCoffee says:

    My friend used to be a (small time) model and she said they all ate one meal a day, tops, and back then all kinds of “substances”were encouraged to help you control cravings.

    I think most of us eat too much – too many ads and temptations all around – and fasting is a fantastic option for a lot of use. At least she’s being honest. And also it’s all about degree. One or two days a week of giving your digestive system a rest isn’t like Jake Dorsey skipping food on weekends after eating tiny, restrictive meals during the weekdays. She juices, which means she’s getting some nutrients and simple carbs.

  32. ItsJustBlanche says:

    Body looks great, face looks old. She should eat more.

    • HotCoffee says:

      Her face looks fine but she’s obviously got botox. She always covers up her neck; pretty sure you can’t get fillers in that area (yet anyway).

  33. Pixie says:

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug

  34. Valerie says:

    I’m the same way, though I draw the line at days. I eat every day, but the amount and timing vary. After years of having an eating disorder (10 years ago!) and adhering to a strict eating schedule, it’s actually quite freeing. I used to envy people who could be casual about food and now I’m pretty much there, in that regard.

  35. Marianne says:

    I couldnt go a whole day without eating,. Like, Ive had days where I dont eat anything until 3 or 4 pm. But a whole day? Nah, dog.

  36. K-milz says:

    I’m a Clinical Psychologist-to-be and restrictive food and over concern about body/shape/weight concern is actually pointing to a pathology. Plus given her personality (or what she shows the world) actually makes her more likely to have one too. The high need for control and perfectionism, mood instability (super aggressive), high need for order, setting high standards for herself and others around her, over evaluation of thinness, viewing food restriction as something which is “pure”, overly concerned about her image, wanting social validation yet still being incredibly focussed on being “an individual” instead of seeing herself as part of society, etc. I understand she is living her best life and she is a beautiful woman. But her talking about her starving herself in the way really normalises this type of behaviour. In the Netherlands, thousands of people (mostly young girls) get diagnosed with eating disorders every year and the media normalising unrealistic body values play SUCH a huge role. It’s sad that we grudgingly or nor applaud such behaviour. It’s socially irresponsible. How is this a “model” or a hypothetical idea of what is normal? It’s disappointing!!