Naomi Campbell interviewed by art dealer and owner of the Shafrazi Gallery Tony Shafrazi.
Photography by Marcus Piggott, Mert Alas
I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don’t know if I’ve been a great role model myself. I don’t think I have in certain aspects of my life.
I’m not going to wallow in self-pity and not live my life. There are always going to be some falls in life for everybody, no matter what career you have. You have to roll with the punches and keep going.
There were certain designers who hadn’t used models of color in their shows, and Christy [Turlington] and Linda [Evangelista] said to them, ‘If you don’t take Naomi, then you don’t get us.’ My friends and comrades stuck up for me. That doesn’t happen in fashion.
Look, I’m controversial. It’s not that people don't know who I am. . .if people want to work with me. If they don't, they don't.
None of us actually cared about this word supermodel . . .But what we did like was being together . . . We would all have our rooms next to one another—it was like a dorm on tour.