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Naomi Campbell To Find Her Own Top Model

Photo: Interview.com


Supermodel Naomi Campbell is venturing into reality competition biz with a new show called ‘The Face.’ The show is currently casting in New York and Los Angeles, with the premise sounding a lot like Tyra Banks‘  ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ A group of unknown models with compete in challenges to be the face of a major brand, to be announced later. It will air on the Oxygen network, which currently shows ANTM reruns. Campbell said in a press release,

I look forward to discovering the next great model on The Face.  I’m looking for contestants who have the whole package – a beautiful face; healthy, toned body; unique look; interesting personality; confidence; and, above all, strong work ethic and drive.  I’m seeking someone who possesses a global, worldly outlook, but can also be seen as a home-grown girl next door.  Most importantly, I’m looking for a model with a fearless spirit who can completely transform like a chameleon, and take you on a unique journey that makes you believe that even the impossible is possible.  If I find that, I’ll find a truly great model!”

Joining her on the show will be two other favorite models of mine, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, both of whom have made appearances on ANTM. I’m sensing a pattern here. Rocha took to her Twitter and blog to gush about working with Campbell and Kurkova, and her role on the show.

As the youngest mentor of the three, I have looked up to Naomi and Karolina my entire career and am ecstatic to be able to work side by side with them on this amazing new project. We, as coaches, will scout and choose our teams from aspiring young models nationwide before guiding them through assignments which include photoshoots, runway shows and commercials for some of America’s best-known brands.”

Hosting will be “Noted Fashion Photorapher” Nigel Barker, recently fired from ANTM as Tyra wanted to start the next season with a new panel. The show is scheduled to air in 2013, and needless to say I will be watching. I wonder what Naomi’s frenemy thinks about the new competition. Remember this moment from Tyra’s talk show when she confronted Naomi about her being kicked out of a Versace show?!

Solid. Bitch. GOLD.


Naomi Campbell Is Being Inconvenienced

Naomi Campbell--being INCONVENIENCED in Court

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was called to testify at the World Crime Tribunal yesterday in the Hague.

Arriving late and looking annoyed (if a bit nervous too), Campbell took the stand to recount an evening in 1997 when she was allegedly given so-called “blood diamonds” by then-Liberian President Charles Taylor.

According to the LA Times:

Prosecutors say the gems offer proof that Taylor engaged in the trade of illegally mined “conflict diamonds” to help arm rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. Thousands of civilians were killed or mutilated during the fighting. Taylor stands accused of crimes against humanity before a tribunal in The Hague.

Blood Diamond...

Taylor was arrested in Nigeria in 2006. His crimes -including those he willingly funded -would make your head spin. Murder, torture, maiming, rape, enslavement, the conscription of child soldiers… these are just some of the things people in Liberia and Sierra Leone have to live with, thanks to Mr. Taylor. The sight of people missing hands, arms, legs, and feet, begging in the streets, is still common. Many can’t work, and thus, can’t support themselves or their families. Others struggle with addictions, mental illness, and a plethora of physical diseases.

Back in 1997, Naomi was attending a charity event in Pretoria, South Africa with then-President Nelson Mandela. She says she was awakened later in the night by men who delivered a pouch of what she termed “very small, very dirty stones” and had no idea who they were from. She claims to have given them away to Jeremy Ratcliffe, who was then connected with Mandela’s charity, but the charity denies they ever received them (and, natch: a pouch of diamonds was recovered in his safe by police today).

Naomi testified she had no idea who gave her the stones (and didn’t ask), though Mia Farrow, also present that night, told her they were most certainly from Charles Taylor. Mia will be testifying later on in the trial, and her version of events could be a bit different.

The supermodel, who has, in the past, supported Nelson Mandela, was a very reluctant witness. Her testimony wasn’t voluntary; Ms. Mondo-Diva was handed a subpoena.

What struck me most about hearing this story was Naomi’s opening line to the Court: “I was made to be here. So obviously, I’m just, like, wanting to get this over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience for me.” Really? Having no hands or arms (or feet, or legs) is an inconvenience, actually.

One of Charles Taylor's MANY victims...and NAOMI's "inconvenienced"??

I wish Naomi well and I understand her fears around the safety of her family in testifying, but I wish she’d stop pretending she cares for Africa. She admitted in her testimony that she hadn’t even heard of Liberia when she met its President and (allegedly) accepted gifts from him. Um, wow.

The fashion world got a whole lot uglier for me yesterday. But in case it’s important to you, All The Rage reports that Naomi wore “a cream-colored knit ensemble from Azzadine Alaia’s spring-summer collection.”  It is, I understand, the basic look for all smug supermodels who are inconvenienced by being forced to Do The  Right Thing.

Victoria Beckham’s Posh New Hairdo, and Naomi Campbell is going BALD.

Posh is back to weavin'.

Romeo Beckham and his hot Mama.

Victoria Beckham showed off her new long do while arriving in the south of France with her three boys for a little vacation at the couple’s chateau.  Usually, people go shorter in the summer, but she can pull off any hairstyle.  I have to say her asymmetrical bob was one of the better ones .  Unfortunately, there are new rumors that she and her husband, David are heading towards splitsville, again! When are they not though?  If those two ever break up I might shed a tear.  They are one of the few couples I actually like.

Oh. Gurrrl.
Later, that same day...WEAVIN' IT UP!

Speaking of hair, during a photoshoot for Dennis Basso in New York the other day, someone caught a pic of what a lot of people have suspected for some time. Naomi Campbell is going bald! She’s been modeling for over half her life and it seems all the weaves have finally caught up with her.

Somewhere, Tyra is smizing and laughing her ass her off.   Whatever, she’s still fierce.

Photos: Splash/BigPicture