Diplomacy: Never one Naomi Campbell’s better qualities, was it?
The supermodel appeared on an Australian morning show Tuesday, where — naturally — the conversation turned to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s buzzed about appearance on the cover of the April issue of Vogue. Critics (or “haters,” depending on who’s telling the story) argue that the reality star and rapper’s photospread with the Fashion Bible cheapens the brand. Sarah Michelle Gellar even threatened to cancel her Vogue subscription.
Naomi — who has been a Vogue cover girl on five separate occasions, thank you very much — tried to play when asked her opinion on the matter. But then we all know Naomi’s no actress.
“I do not wish to comment,” Naomi replied before bursting into a fit of laughter.
Naomi went on to allude to a longing for the days when a gal actually had to be a fashion model to land a spot on a fashion magazine. That was the industry standard until the late 1990s; just two issues a year featured an actress or other celebrity.
The last model to grace the cover of Vogue? Kate Upton in June 2013. Before that, it was Gisele Bundchen, on appeared on the April 2010 issue.
“I’m a fashion model and I’ve been working for 28 years. And when you get a Vogue cover, it’s a build in your career, it’s a stepping stone to achieve that.”
When pressed on whether she thought the super-couple are therefore unworthy of the honour, Naomi smiled, saying,
“Those are your words, not mine. I’m being politically correct.”