Naomi Campbell Reflects On Her Modeling Career And Industry Racism

Naomi Campbell Reflects On Her Modeling Career And Industry Racism

Naomi Campbell also opens up on her challenging role as model mentor on The Face…

Naomi Campbell has taken a moment to reflect on her modeling career as she fronts the latest issue of Net-A-Porter’s THE EDIT.

While the British supermodel looks suitably fierce in a series of incredible ensembles by Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane and more, she hints at her softer side in the new interview. 

“I want to see a different side of me,” Naomi confesses while dishing the details on her new TV project, The Face, where she acts as mentor to a group of hopeful models.

And while her CV hosts the who’s who of fashion designers, there’s only one woman who Naomi credits her success to, “My mum is one of my main mentors… she always gave me the best advice.”

Naomi Campbell fronts Net-A-Porter's THE EDIT

So now it’s over to Naomi to turn mentor as she reveals her hopes for the show, “I want people to really understand what the world of modelling is about, and how hard we work.

“Whether my model wins or not, she will have learned and we will have helped her – that’s really why I came on the show.”

Off the runway, Kate Moss’ career BFF is known largely for her charity work - raising money for Haiti, Aids relief, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for vulnerable children and Fashion For Relief, her own charity that she founded in 2005.

Her most recent campaigning extends to the ‘Balance Diversity’ project she supports alongside fellow super Chanel Iman. “There is still racism,” she says honestly. While highlighting the new factors affecting a model’s chances of success, “Now, it’s very important to have a personality; it’s not just about a pretty face any more.”

Read the full interview online at and catch The Face on Sky Living every Monday at 9pm.

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