Naomi Campbell ‘forever grateful’ to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista

Naomi Campbell is “forever grateful” to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for their support in the early days of her career.The trio was part of the iconic group of supermodels in the 1990s known as The Big Five, alongside Cindy Crawford and Cla…

Naomi Campbell is “forever grateful” to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for their support in the early days of her career.

The trio was part of the iconic group of supermodels in the 1990s known as The Big Five, alongside Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.

And in a new interview with Variety, Naomi has recalled how grateful she was when the women stood up to defend her when designers refused to use her in their shows.

“I’m forever grateful to these people and to Christy and Linda,” the 50-year-old praised. “Back in the day when people were not so open – because people hadn’t thought about using a woman of colour in shows – they would defend me and put themselves on the line by saying, ‘If you don’t use her you don’t get us.’

“That doesn’t happen today because everyone is out for themselves, and that compassion and support doesn’t exist anymore.”

In addition, the model-turned-philanthropist touchingly revealed that she still regards the supermodels as family.

“Cindy, Linda, Christy and I were four girls who were brought together from different parts of the world,” Naomi shared. “We might never have met if not for work and I still call these women my new additional chosen family as some members of my chosen family have not been around for as long as others.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the British star also discussed reuniting with fellow model Heidi Klum on the Amazon Prime show Making the Cut, after the pair previously worked together on Germany’s Next Top Model.

“I do love working with Heidi. I have a lot of respect for her. She’s fun working to be around and she’s hard-working,” she gushed.

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Christy Turlington kicks off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star …

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.

The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star Turlington has uploaded a vintage video of Campbell to her Instagram page.

“Happy 50th Birthday to my sister from another mister @naomi. I am so sad not to be with you today to celebrate with you. This clip is one of my favourites because it was from an Azzedine show and we loved him so much,” she wrote alongside an undated black-and-white video of Campbell backstage at an Azzedine Alaia presentation. “I also know you love your birthday and appreciate a party. You are a true Gemini and a force for truth and good in the world. I love you and every memory we share.”

In addition, Dior menswear designer Kim Jones posted a picture of himself with Naomi and Kate Moss at his final Louis Vuitton show in January 2018 along with a birthday greeting, while Claudia Schiffer uploaded a montage with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lifetime friend.”

Elsewhere, Adut Akech shared a long message on her Instagram page in which she thanked the brunette beauty for serving as a “role model and mentor” to her.

“Thank you for all that you are and as well all that you do. Thank you for being daily source of inspiration and motivation to me. Thank you for your continuous love and support you show me daily since the first time we met. My chosen family, my mama you are such a light and joy in my life. There is never a dull moment with you and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and by my side on this journey. Such a true beauty inside out,” the 20-year-old gushed. “I pray that your special day is filled with nothing but love, pure joy, laughter and positive energy.”

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Cindy Crawford was ‘so intimidated’ when she first met Princess Diana

Cindy Crawford has recalled how she was “so intimidated” the first time she met Princess Diana.During a live chat for Naomi Campbell’s No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, the fashion star recalled one moment she will never forget – the time Diana o…

Cindy Crawford has recalled how she was “so intimidated” the first time she met Princess Diana.

During a live chat for Naomi Campbell’s No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, the fashion star recalled one moment she will never forget – the time Diana organised for her to meet Prince William at Kensington Palace when he was around the age of 16.

“I was so intimidated meeting Princess Diana and being at Kensington Palace and just how completely down-to-earth she was because there’s so much protocol I guess, and not being English, I don’t understand some of it,” she remembered, before adding that she felt it was a bit like “going to a friend’s house”. “I feel like she was in jeans and like a cashmere sweater and almost that vibe of being super laid back. So, I also was probably a little, I mean it was uncomfortable, but it was sweet. It was a very sweet day and a great memory.”

In addition, Campbell explained how she and fellow ’90s supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington had surprised Prince William when he was a few years younger.

“He was coming home from school. And we had gotten there before he had gotten home from school and Princess Diana was like, ‘Okay.’ So, we were just like, ‘What do we do?’ I mean, it was so sweet,” the 49-year-old smiled.

And Campbell had nothing but praise for Diana, who tragically died at the age of 36 in 1997.

“Loved Princess Diana, I just loved her. Humble, how down-to-earth and I’m just blessed to know her for the time that I did,” she added.

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Claudia Schiffer nearly had her own Hermes handbag

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the li…

Claudia Schiffer once declined an offer to get her very own Hermes handbag.

The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors, and Prada.

But in an interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle magazine, Claudia recalled how her status as a top model led to her once being offered her very own luxury purse.

“Once Hermes offered for a handbag to be named after me and I thought, ‘No!'” she stated. “I don’t quite remember why now…'”

There are only two celebrities who have their own Hermes handbags; the famous Birkin tote is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin, while the Kelly bag was named after late American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly.

Elsewhere in the chat, Claudia also remembered how she and other models were “showered” with gifts by brands and designers during their heyday.

“People normally showered you with everything, really. Particularly at Chanel. Karl (Lagerfeld) would say, ‘Go downstairs to the boutique and take whatever you want. You can take the entire collection – whatever,” the 49-year-old shared, before noting that she was always cautious about appearing greedy. “Where others may have taken advantage, I never felt I could. There’s a certain limit when someone says, ‘Choose what you want.’ You don’t literally choose everything there is.”

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Claudia Schiffer once hired security guards to stop underwear thieves

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evan…

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.

The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss.

However, in a new cover interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle U.K., Claudia reflected on some of the drawbacks of celebrity, including how she had to employ security staff in order to ward off peeping Toms and stop fans from taking her bras and underwear.

“People would cut holes in the fashion tents and try to take pictures of us,” she remembered. “We had security at every fashion show. When I was out on the runway I’d come back and constantly my underwear would be gone – my bra, my knickers … gone!”

And while Claudia has no regrets about her fashion career, she is pleased she no longer has to deal with the frenzied attention – and is happy to pass on her mantle to younger models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

“You don’t have to be called (beautiful) your entire life,” the 49-year-old explained. “It’s a nice memory, but then the next generation starts and you hand over. For me, it’s a natural thing to do… to hand over, to not be envious or jealous.

“As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything worse right now than if you said, ‘There’s a magic pill and it’s going to make you look 20 again.'”

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Margot Robbie instantly smitten by vintage Chanel outfit for 2020 Oscars

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with…

Margot Robbie settled upon her outfit for the 2020 Oscars back in December.

The Australian actress, who was nominated at the awards on Sunday for her role in Bombshell, hit the red carpet in a vintage midnight blue chiffon bustier gown from Chanel, with the number featuring off-the-shoulder statement sleeves and a flowing skirt.

Margot, 29, and her stylist Kate Young were on the hunt for a pre-loved gown from the French fashion house last year, when they stumbled upon the intricate dress in the archives.

“We discovered this ’90s couture gown in Chanel’s archive back in December,” Kate told British Vogue, adding that the dress was a longer version of one that iconic supermodel Claudia Schiffer wore on the catwalk almost 26 years ago. “It’s very similar to the short dress that (Claudia) wore on Karl Lagerfeld’s spring/summer 1994 couture runway, but it was made for a client, so it’s truly unique. It just felt very Margot – it felt cool.”

And the process of borrowing from the Chanel archives made the experience a little bit more special for the pair.

“We know whose dress it was originally because Chanel keeps hand-written books. When I take a dress from the house’s couture archive for Margot to wear, we also have to write in the book who it is for and who is ordering it, which I just think is so cool,” the style guru shared. “For me, it underscores that really, really special clothes have a life that is long and romantic.”

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Cindy Crawford reflects on ‘big shift’ digital cameras caused in fashion world

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Sc…

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.

The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss.

Over the course of her career, Crawford has posed for many photographers, including the late Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, but in an interview held as part of Vogue’s recent Forces of Fashion conference, she pondered whether the use of digital cameras means that there is less spontaneity on set when compared to traditional film.

“What I’ve noticed is sometimes (photographers are) like, ‘OK, we got it.’ Because they see it big (on a screen),” she commented. “Sometimes that next thing that was gonna happen was like the unplanned thing. Or sometimes, for instance, you’re modelling and you’ll do something that looks bad but the next thing was gonna look good but they’ll stop you at the bad… we used to be like, ‘O.K. now we’ve got it, let’s just do two rolls for the heck of it and throw it away,’ and that might be where the magic is.”

Crawford went on to recall how strange it was when photographers such as Michael Thompson first began using digital cameras, as there was less focus on what the model was doing.

“When you were shooting with film and there was no monitor, all the attention was on the set, on the model. So, there was an aspect that you were performing in front of the hair(stylists), the make-up (artists), the stylist. Everyone’s eyes were on you, and when you’re receiving that (attention), you put it on, you perform,” the 53-year-old remembered. “All of a sudden, everyone was hovered around the monitor, and I’d be standing on set like, ‘Guys, I’m over here, I feel alone.’ That was a big shift for me.”

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Cindy Crawford felt ’empowered’ by fashion during early modelling days

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and…

Cindy Crawford felt “empowered” by fashion when she first began modelling.

The supermodel began her career in 1986 and quickly began starring alongside fellow newbies including Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss. Now, Cindy has revealed that she was a little overwhelmed with their fast rise to fame.

“Before Christy, Linda, Naomi, Claudia, Kate and I, models weren’t well known,” she told Vogue.com. “It was almost like we were a new boy band – we were all different, but we looked good together.”

Cindy recalled her days walking the runways for the likes of Versace, Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, and Valentino, and confessed that she felt strong and powerful by fashion in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Fashion was all about glamazonian shoulder pads, high heels and strong women,” the 53-year-old shared. “We didn’t look like victims, we looked empowered. I really think that we felt that way, too.”

While Cindy admitted that she hated walking the runway, she enjoyed being backstage at fashion shows, and missed the friendships she had created with her fellow supermodels.

“It was like a slumber party,” she smiled. “We were all tired and a little bit punchy, but real friendships were formed.”

The businesswoman has been thrust back into the modelling world thanks to her daughter, Kaia Gerber, and son Presley Gerber, and she described how she thinks the industry has changed due to social media.

“I feel I’m most known for giving birth to Kaia now,” the brunette beauty joked. “I come from a world where you shoot 100 photos and pick the very best one to show to everyone. Now images are put out more quickly, they are not as curated. I think that’s interesting, but I’m still trying to figure out how I want it to work for my brand.”

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Naomi Campbell notices lack of camaraderie between new models

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turli…

Naomi Campbell believes models don’t share the same level of love and support for each other today as they did back in the ’90s.

In the 1990s, the British beauty was part of an iconic group of supermodels, which included Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Claudia Schiffer.

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the 49-year-old revealed she was saddened by the lack of close female friendships in the modelling industry today.

“I don’t see it as much. I think I can say now, after 33 years – I didn’t used to say it – but I don’t think there’s ever going to be another group of us who really are solid friends like we (supermodels) were, who stuck together and supported one another,” she shared.

“I will always be grateful to Linda and Christy for the support they gave me. Our love for one another is as unconditional today as it was then.”

She credited the group of women with keeping her grounded during her modelling heyday, and confessed that one of her regrets is that she didn’t spend enough time with them.

“Those were great times to be together. That was always the one aspect, when people ask me, ‘Weren’t you lonely when you were younger?’ And I wasn’t, because we were all together and we genuinely wanted to be together,” Campbell recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the supermodel explained that one of her career goals is to help Africa become more included in fashion.

“My relevance, to me, is to help the continent of Africa. I want it to be included in the world of fashion – and I mean all over Africa,” she stated.

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