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Naomi on her discovery: ‘Who me? Model?’

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Super islandista Naomi Campbell has been in the news a lot recently.

First, attention has been on her relationship with Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin. Engagement rumours reached fever pitch during London Fashion Week when she appeared with a none too subtle ginormous ring brekking off her left ring finger. I feel sure Naomi had to do some finger weight training to be able to lift up her hand with dis ring!
There has also been a lot of attention on her in-depth interview with CNBC’s biographical series ‘CNBC Meets’, which aired last night.
In it, Naomi spoke frankly about her infamously bad temper, her struggles with addiction and breaking colour barriers in fashion.
We found her recollection of how she was discovered at the age of 15 especially poignant because she showed unwittingly, how society can work a number on the confidence of black girls, even astoundingly beautiful ones.
A snippet from the interview (emphasis ours):

Tania Bryer: Naomi when you were 15 you were in Covent Garden with your friends and Beth Bolt from Synchro model agency came up to you and asked if you wanted to join the agency. Was that something you ever considered?

Naomi Campbell: No, not at all and I actually didn’t think she was talking to me when she asked if I’d ever modelled or would I like to model. I thought she was talking to my lovely friend who had long blonde hair, beautiful bangs. And she looked and said ‘ no you!’ I felt kind of awkward within myself at that point body wise as I was just going through puberty. Lanky and acne teenage spots and you know, whatever else happens at that time.

By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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