Made a wrong turning on Google News and ended up at the Daily Mail website reading yet another disparaging article on Naomi Campbell. She’s lost her hair, losing her hair, dating a Russian, a Brazilian, no, it’s the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, and so on. Now I know already exactly what you’re thinking. If you’re in the public eye then you deserve a dressing down from time to time and that Naomi Campbell, well, that girl she is a bitch!
Now I’ve been a fan of Naomi Campbell for twenty-odd years, and I’ve collected numerous magazines, press-cutting and video clips about Ms Campbell throughout the years. But while Naomi is loved and adored across Europe, North America, and most of the rest of the world, it is surprising how little comes out of Britain that is actually in support of the Streatham-born supermodel. In fact, I can only recall a handful of articles published in the UK about Naomi that didn’t dwell on her alleged lateness, rudeness, bad attitude, bad temper, violent nature, past drug addiction, etc.
I’ve also worked for many years in fashion and the media, and most people who actually meet Naomi Campbell are surprised at just how sweet and shy she is as well as beautiful. Now I’m not saying that there’s no smoke without fire, but give the woman a break, please. Countless column inches are reserved to extol the virtues of the haggard-looking Kate Moss and her on-again-off-again crack-addicted babyfather, but Naomi Campbell is British too, you know, even if she prefers to live aboard because no one in England has a good word to say about her.
Say what you will, thankfully Ms Campbell doesn’t need the British media to make her rich, famous, and super.