*Naomi Campbell appears on the October cover of Interview magazine this month, and in a corresponding photo spread in which she is depicted torturing a nude male model and leaving him for dead.
In the cover story, Campbell says she can relate to the persona she portrayed in the pictorial.
“I have to learn from my mistakes. And a lot of the ones I’ve made have been public. 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.”
Campbell’s bad-girl persona is tapped in the Interview photo spread shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In one shot, she wears a form-fitting black leather dress, a gold dog collar-style choker and cuff-like, thumb only black leather gloves — revealing bright red nails — that frame the face of a nude male model, whose mug is bloodied and body is wounded.
In another photo, Campbell is clad in a black body-conscious dress with gold hardware details. She leans toward the model as if whispering something conspiratorial while stealing a sideways glance and exhaling a cloud of cigarette smoke. [See photos below.]
Later in the article, Campbell credits her fellow ’90s supermodels Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista with opening doors for her in the fashion world.
“Honestly, for me it was a blessing to have a friend like Christy. I was so indebted to her for so many things,” she says.
“You know, when I was younger there were certain designers who hadn’t used models of color in their shows, and Christy and Linda said to them, ‘If you don’t take Naomi, then you don’t get us.’ My friends and comrades stuck up for me — and that doesn’t happen in fashion. I will never forget that.
“I don’t forget what people do. No matter how many years go by, I always remember.”