Naomi Campbell, a British supermodel made history as the first black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue as well as Time Magazine. Since the late 80’s Naomi’s been a fashion staple. Campbell has graced magazine pages and the catwalk with her signature beauty for the last three decades.
After having a long career of defying the odds and publicly speaking up for others this beauty has stood the test of time. Naomi Campbell is a true force to be reckoned with.
Picture Perfect and Vocal
Recently the trailblazing supermodel was interviewed for the cover of Vogue’s November 2020 issue. She spoke about advocating Black models.
“I never used to say the word racism; I just used to say, it’s territorialism. I never wanted people to say that I used that as an excuse, that I was throwing that word out,” she said.
“Now I’m happy that everyone’s all on the same page, that everyone feels comfortable to come out about their experiences without feeling some stigma. But for me, nothing‘s changed. I’m going to speak the same way.”
While being interviewed Naomi admitted that she’s closed the chapter with being the “angry black woman.”
“I’m quite over it. Is it now that we have permission to speak? Well, I have always spoken.”
The supermodel continued, “ There were a few things that I would do when I was younger than I was told we’re bad for my race…Now the things I do are not just for me anymore. I think more about my culture and my race, as opposed to thinking about just me.”
Campbell confided that thirty years later she is still being misunderstood, mainly calling out the British media.
“No more chucking it down the sides.”
“They haven’t learned how to not be not racist, period! I’d rather have racism be right in front of my face and know what I’m dealing with than to have it oppressed. No disrespect to the country I was born in, but we need to dig it up and bring it up and deal with it.”
When asked about the vision for her future Campbell says, “ I think as a generation, as a whole, can we get reparations for our culture, for what we’ve been through? I absolutely believe we are going to get the positive outcome we deserve. She went on to say, “ But we have to do our work in making sure we get it. I think reparations are important for the people to really see that this is something that’s been taken seriously.”
Before ending the interview Campbell teased about a possible memoir coming in her future. Campbell shared the advice she received from a friend music executive and producer Clarence Avant, “Just start from anywhere. Don’t start from the beginning.”