Naomi Campbell Tells ‘The Edit’ Mentoring is More Than ‘Sitting in a Chair and Judging Someone’ [Photos]


For years, Naomi Campbell’s catty attitude has overshadowed her work on the catwalk. Fortunately,we’re starting to see a friendlier side of her as she takes a behind the scenes approach to her career. As The Edit’s latest cover muse, she’s dishing on why being a mentor means more than sitting behind a judging table (no shade to Tyra?)

“I want people to really understand what the world of modeling is about, and how hard we work. I like the mentoring aspect, as opposed to sitting in my chair and judging someone. It’s really rewarding to see the models transformed and it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”

Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn are just some of the models she reaches out to, specifically about racism in fashion. “Sometimes, I’m a little horrified with the things they tell me,” she confesses.

As far as her timeless look, the 40-something beauty only deprives herself before a big show.

Since I had my operation on my knee [in 2012, after being reportedly mugged], Pilates has become very important. I don’t want to build muscle, just to tone. I’m not extreme about what I eat – I let chocolate and crisps come in at times. You have to allow the little things that make you happy. For ten days prior to the Versace show, I just drank juice – carrot, ginger, pineapple – to cleanse.”

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