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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