Naomi Campbell Shares Her Secrets With Italian Vogue

She graced the cover of Elle at 15 years of age and was the first black woman on the cover of Vogue Paris; throughout a career that has spanned three decades in the industry Naomi Campbell has become a true contemporary fashion icon. Earlier this month Naomi sat down for an interview with Italian Vogue in which she touched on everything from her tips on working with photographers to the experiences she had coming up with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Azzedine Alaïa to how she has maintained the iconic figure that set her apart from the crowd (if you were hoping for a secret short-cut you are going to be disappointed). Here are some of the more interesting pieces of information and advice Naomi shared:

Her advice for working with photographers.

“The most important thing to me, really, is I trust the photographers that I work with, and I trust that they’re going to transform me into something else.” Naomi went on to say that this “metamorphosis” that she undergoes with each photographer is one of the things she loves the most about her career. Though it should be noted that with names like Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino and Paolo Roversi behind the lens, trust should be pretty easy to come by.

Her personal feeling for some of fashion’s finest.

“Everyone knows I’m very close to Azzedine Alaïa, someone who took me into his home when I was 16. I’m very close to Gianni (Versace). I always treasure Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs. The part that I love is that I got to be there when they were just going; I got to be there, I lived with them as they grew. It was amazing. It was great to be part of that.”

Her trick to staying fit.

“I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t eat meat, I work out 90 minutes minimum a day.”

Clearly it takes work to stay at the top of your game for so many years, you didn’t think that ‘beauty is pain’ was just an expression did you?

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