Naomi Campbell hated her private life being scrutinised during the early days of her modelling career.
In an extract from her upcoming new book, titled Naomi, the 50-year-old recalled being uncomfortable with the attention on her personal relationships, instead of the media focusing on her career.
"I’m not private about my work. I am private about my personal life, however, and it was hard when our private lives became the subject of such scrutiny," Naomi shared. "Who were we dating? Who were we meeting? Most of the time, the stories were a web of lies. I was dating someone very famous at the time and I started to understand why he’d become so protective of his privacy."
The British model and activist said she was uneasy with people using the word "supermodel" to describe her and Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington, who were also nicknamed The Big Six.
"People had already started to use the word ‘supermodel’. Everything we wore and every restaurant we went to was written about in the papers. It seemed weird to us that people should care. We couldn’t walk down the street without people chasing us," she recalled. "I remember we once went shopping in Rome and we couldn’t get out of the store because there were so many fans. The police had to come and rescue us.
"We had no idea why that was happening.”
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