Naomi Campbell styled & photographed herself in lockdown at home for Essence

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Here’s something I wasn’t expecting to learn during the pandemic lockdown: very few people own cameras these days. As soon as camera-phones became standardized, only professional photographers and a handful of amateur photographers own separate, dedicated cameras now. I find it shocking that so few celebrities and models own their own cameras too! Take Naomi Campbell – she’s been a model for decades, surely she would have invested (at some point) in some high-quality digital cameras for her own usage? Apparently not. Naomi covers the latest lockdown-themed issue of Essence, and she shot the cover herself. On her iPhone.

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing models to become more involved with their photoshoots. As magazines transition to images shot from home, Naomi Campbell can now call herself a photographer whose work has published on the cover of Essence magazine. The subject? Herself, of course. The supermodel, who will celebrate her 50th birthday later this month, graces the glossy’s 50th anniversary cover with a self-portrait.

“It was a very special honor and unusual experience for me to be able to shoot and style my own cover for Essence’s 50th Anniversary Issue. On my iPhone,” she wrote on Instagram.

“While it was a sad reminder for me of all the people in media and production who are not able to work due to the coronavirus, it also brought me hope and encouragement to know that our people and our infrastructures are resilient. We are rooted in knowledge and creativity and continue to take back full control of our narratives. We will come out of this stronger than ever.” Campbell wears a vintage Chloé dress from her own closet on the cover, which she styled herself — along with the rest of her shoot.

[From Page Six]

Honestly, Naomi doing everything herself turned out a lot better than it should. Yes, the quality of the photos could be better… but this is a better editorial and cover than most magazines do with professional photographers. The thing about iPhone photography is that it really should NOT replace traditional photography though. And I hate that it is. Oh, I do think it’s cool that she wore her own clothes from her own closet though – that’s awesome.

Photos courtesy of Naomi Campbell for Essence.

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  1. Joanna says:

    I bet her house is gorgeous!

  2. CherHorowitz says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  3. Snappyfish says:

    Being amazing beautiful helps. My iPhone 11pro whatever takes a nice photo. But my images never ever look as good as Naomi’s….

  4. Nev says:


  5. ChillyWilly says:

    That side profile shot is beautiful.

  6. Gilf says:

    ..that awkward moment when Naomi Campbell is trending worldwide for being an international child sex trafficker with strong links to Jeffrey Epstein..

    • alyse says:

      This! I thought the story might be about that when I saw the headline. 2020 is crazy!

      • line says:

        Naomie Campbell was not a close friend of Epstein;they just only attending the same social circles. No investigative report says that she brought young women to Epstein or that she was going to his island unlike Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew. Throwing a black woman is just a racist distraction from the media and tabloids in order to protect some of the powerfull white men who are actually participate to this traffic.For example, The dailymail made an article on Naomie’s links with Epstein but no articles concerning Prince Andrew.

    • Nicole r says:

      As far as I can see she was photographed with Epstein at parties along with a lot of other famous people and politicians.
      Why is she singled out and assigned blame?

      • Summer says:

        Ghislaine Maxwell needs to be found…NOW and put in jail as an accessory. That is the most important thing that needs to happen. Now. Why she is still walking free is not okay. And you cannot tell me that the authorities don’t know where she is. They know where we all are.

      • alyse says:

        Anonymous released Epstein’s little black book online with lots of famous people’s names in it. Doesn’t mean they’re guilty of anything and many will have innocent reasons why they’re in Epstein’s contacts, but Prince Andrew and Trump are also there. Lots of names are all over Twitter, not only Naomi’s.

      • lemonylips says:

        yeah even if they partied together I’m willing to give Naomi a pass. Just because people were in his book doesen’t mean they were all in on it. Everyone jumped on this and I agree that she’s been racially targeted. Also, twitter is a crazy place. If only half of those people actually saw the documentary they would try to think a little first. I agree with @Nicole r and @Summer – yeah Maxwell needs to be brought to justice. She’s as despicable as Epstein.

      • Eleonor says:

        Well if this is the logic we should talk about ALL THE PEOPLE who were photographed and interacted with Harvey Weisenstein too.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Summer : I believe Ghislaine Maxwell is being hidden by some of the very rich and very powerful people that were associated with Epstein. It would make sense as these people want to be sure GM never gets questioned by the police. Or it’s possible that she has been killed by one of these powerful people to make sure she never passes on any information.

    • Mignionette says:

      You do realise that Christy Turlington amongst others was also on that list ….?

  7. lala says:

    “Honestly, Naomi doing everything herself turned out a lot better than it should. ” Because ________________? What were your expectations of a black, successful woman who consistently takes good pictures of herself, has decades of showing good taste in fashion, and has only been a close collaborator of …Lagerfeld, himself an outstanding fashion photographer? Sorry, gal. Have to call you on it.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That was my thinking, too. Naomi is gorgeous, has worked with the best photographers, designers, makeup artists over the years, why wouldn’t her iPhone photos turn out well?

      • Eleonor says:

        My same thought too: she has been a model long enough to know HOW to pose, how to style herself, and how to use light and a camera event if it’s a phone.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ lala : I agree – she would have so much knowledge and experience with this. But at first glance, I was comparing them to my own iPhone pictures. LOL. So, yes, hers are way better than mine.

  8. Summer says:

    Sorry, I couldn’t respond to you directly. But @
    ALYSE: Oh of course. But Ghislaine Maxwell needs to explain herself and I need to see it done. She’s just waltzing around like she didn’t destroy many lives. BS. She needs to face what she’s done.

    Sorry to hijack Naomi’s thread. She’s way too pretty for this world lol. I’m very worked up. And Naomi is not on trial here.

  9. Bucky says:

    I agree that it’s a strange cover person given the timing. Separate topic: I love those clothes and I especially love Chloe, but I think they could have messengered a couple dress and accessory options to her. They’re supposed to be advertising current fashion. I think.

  10. Seraphina says:

    The intimate Diva. She has grown on me.

  11. Lauren says:

    What I love about her look is that she styled herself with what looks like minimal makeup… vs. those Kardashian-Jenner women who wear layer upon layer of makeup to feel good about themselves in photos.

    • Betsy says:

      Naomi is in a different league from them. They pretty much only look good due to their extensive surgeries.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Betsy : I think Naomi is in a different league because she UNDERSTANDS how photography is supposed to bring out and capture beauty. The Kardashian-Jenner only know how to create a big, loud image that is almost cartoon-like and captures your attention in seconds and loses it just as fast.

  12. Arbhie Jay says:

    Great love for the concept of that photo ❤