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“I Feel Like I’m on the Right Road:” The Unseen Quotes from Naomi Campbell’s Cover Story


Naomi Campbell wears Dress, Leggings, Tom Ford; Shoes, Aquazzura; Earrings, bracelets, rings, Chrome Hearts. Photographed by Chris Colls for Vogue Arabia, November 2018

From her motherhood aspirations to her industry experiences over the decades, Naomi Campbell gave us a glimpse into her inimitable career and legendary world in our November issue. Taking to the cover in a series of statement looks, the catwalk icon also opened up in the accompanying interview, offering insightful life advice as she warned “being in denial is a very dangerous place to be.” However, that’s not all the 48-year-old had to say. We may not have been able to fit every quote from Campbell in our pages, but here, discover some previously unseen soundbites from the model, as she was interviewed for our cover story.

On the Vogue Arabia Shoot

“I’m really proud of this issue and really happy that we managed to all be in the same place and get it done. It was a great shoot and really fun! Everyone that worked on it worked so hard to make it happy, so I hope the readers like it. I think Vogue Arabia is really great for women in the Middle East and it’s a positive sign that things are changing.”

On the Next Generation of Models we Should be Looking Out For

Kaia Gerber, Jourdan Dunn, Adwoa Aboah… This generation of girls are taking on their personalities and they’re speaking out. I’m so proud of them taking such initiative and using who they are and what they are to support and be part of wonderful causes.”

On the Life Lessons Shared by Nelson Mandela and her Charity Endeavors

“So many! For me, I knew when he left the physical world that I had to start what he always wanted to start. After all I’d seen and learnt from him, I knew it was the right time to put it into action. I feel like I’m on the right road and I’m doing it now.”

On producing the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 Concert in South Africa

“I’m blessed that I can be part of something that celebrates him. More importantly, I want the young generation to know who he was.”

On the Biggest Achievements in her Career

“I’m proud of the things that I commit to on a personal level. If I align myself to a certain charity or organization, then I go for it until the very end. I go on my feelings, what I feel passionate about, and what matters to me. Women and girls’ issues have always mattered to me.”

On the Nineties Being so Much Fun

“We’d be shooting through the night but it was fun to be part of the process. I’d sit in the makeup chair and tell them to transform me into whatever they wanted to.”

On Being the Eternal Optimist

“I’m an optimistic person and I always want to see the best in a situation.”

Now Read: Inside Naomi’s World: “I Won’t Be Held Hostage By My Mistakes”

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