Naomi Campbell: People try to use your past to blackmail you. I wont allow it

Late and distracted by her phone, the model soon transforms from hauteur to warmth. She discusses racism, Vogue, stereotypes of black women and how, at 47, shes finally become comfortable in her own skin At a big and ritzy Halloween party in New York two Saturdays ago, a lot of highly famous people dressed up as other highly famous people. Naomi Campbell, however, went as herself. Why deign to masquerade as some lesser being when you are already an internationally acknowledged apogee of fabulousness? In a gold strapless mini dress and a crown bigger than the one Beyonc wore at the Grammys, the 47-year-old supermodel was approached by more than one party guest who had come in costume as Naomi Campbell. A real-life Naomi: Campbell at Halloween party in New York, October 2017. Photograph: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Moet Hennessy When we meet, Halloween itself, we are in the restaurant […] Read more »

Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versaces Milan show Of everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder. Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them. Prints charming: models in signature Versace style. Photograph: Luca […] Read more »

Does the fashion industry still need Vogue in the age of social media?

Bloggers are eroding the power of the glossy monthly style bible For a new boss to dismiss the old guard who were the legacy of their predecessor and bring in new faces is not unusual. Indeed, when Alexandra Shulman vacated the editors chair at British Vogue, having occupied it for a quarter of the magazines 100-year history, it was wholly expected that her replacement, Edward Enninful, would bring in a team to put his own stamp on the industry glossy. Last week Emily Sheffield, Shulmans deputy and predicted by many as a shoo-in for her job, handed out invites to her leaving party, while Enninful who officially takes the helm on 1 August announced film-maker Steve McQueen and long-time friend Naomi Campbell as contributing editors. Kate Moss, already a contributing editor and regular cover girl, will continue working for the title. That his shake-up would cause ripples beyond Londons Vogue […] Read more »

Peter Lindbergh's best photograph: the birth of the supermodels

They were a revolution fresh, fun, outspoken, poking at you, making edgy jokes, getting involved. Wow! Liz Tilberis, the editor of British Vogue, asked me to do a shoot. You have to do the January 1990 cover, she said. Youre the one. She wanted something that would preview the decade to come. My reaction was: Oh my God, who could that be? You cant hang the next decade on one face. It wont work. But I knew what would. This was the result. People always say this shot, this cover, was the birth of the supermodels, but thats not entirely true. Two years before, I shot what were really the first of such pics the white shirt shoots. But that was for American Vogue. At that time, I didnt much like American Vogue. I found the women they were photographing so uninspiring. I preferred girls at art school. They wore […] Read more »