Linda Evangelista's infamous "we don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" quip was a joke, claims Naomi Campbell.
She made the comments in the October 1990 issue of Vogue, at the height of the supermodel era, where Linda, Naomi, Christy Turlington and co. were the most in-demand names in fashion, fuelled by their appearance in George Michael's Freedom! '90 video.
Recalling their meteoric rise to the top in her new book, Naomi, the English star explained the models had no PR training and often got themselves in trouble with the press.
"In an interview for the October issue of American Vogue, poor Linda said that we didn't get out of bed for less than $10,000, or something similar. She didn't mean it - it was a joke - but that quote has haunted us for years," she shuddered. "If anything, it was designers like Gianni (Versace), Azzedine (Alaïa) and Karl Lagerfeld who set the standard for how we were paid; the press tried to suggest we demanded it, but we didn't. Up until then we had spoken to the press quite freely, but after that we realised we had to be careful. Things could easily be misinterpreted. It was a valuable lesson to learn."
She also recalled a People magazine spread earlier in 1990 about her, Linda and Christy, which taught the trio to "never do interviews together again".
Explaining how everything came out wrong when they tried to show then-pregnant journalist Elizabeth Sporkin a fun night out in New York, the 50-year-old admitted they came across as "brats".
"We were dragging a heavily pregnant woman around with us to these different places trying to show her how cool we were," she remembered.
"I was wearing an Isaac Mizrahi dress and at one point I said something completely ridiculous because there was another woman at the restaurant wearing the exact same dress; I insisted I'd never wear it again and had to take mine off immediately. Basically, we came across as brats. That wasn't our intention. We wanted to show her how much fun we were having. We didn't understand how it might be perceived differently. None of us had PRs to advise us."
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