Naomi Campbell brings her A game to a fierce fashion spread for Elle magazine’s February 2013 issue. She werks it in designs by Azzedine Alaïa, Louis Vuitton, Anthony Vaccarello, Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbana, Thom Browne, and Véronique Leroy. The supermodel discusses her new show, The Face, not being able to shake the infamous cell phone incident and more.
On doing The Face: “I’ve always been very shy of doing television. I’ve always said no. Not to be disrespectful to anyone—I didn’t want to say yes and then let people down.” It was the show’s mentorship angle that ultimately sold her on it. “Because it was done for me!” she says. “When I first got Yves Saint Laurent Couture, I didn’t know how to take off a cape. I would ask Katoucha and Dalma—the real divas of the runway—‘Can you show me?’ I’ve never been afraid to ask for help.” The aspirants on The Face need not fear, she says: “I care for my girls. Every single one of them. I’m not here to put anyone down.”
On her infamous cell phone incident: “I’m never gonna get away from it. It’s part of my history. I was remorseful and regretful. I’ve served. I did that time. And I never want to be in that position again.”
On how The Face would differentiate itself from ANTM: “I don’t watch the other reality model shows. I’ll never have anything to say. If you ask me about Tyra Banks. I’m proud of her as a woman of color. She’s given girls opportunity, and God bless her.”
Read the full interview at Elle.