Naomi Campbell offers up advice to young Black models such as Adut Akech and Anok Yai because she doesn't want to see them "go in the wrong direction".
The 50-year-old supermodel has been in the fashion industry since she was 15 and was one of the most famous models in the '90s, alongside the likes of Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer, as well as one of the leading Black fashion stars.
Naomi has paved the way for young Black models rising up the ranks today and she has taken a number of them, like Anok and Adut, under her wing to help nurture their careers and make sure they continue forging ahead in the right direction.
"I'm bossy and motherly," Naomi told Britain's Observer. "And I don't want to see my babies go in the wrong direction, if I can say, 'Don't do that, do this.' I don't put my nose in, but if I'm asked, I'm going to give my opinion. And when they come running to me, I'm gonna pamper them."
The British fashion star explained that she wants to support her fellow models much like she was helped by her friends Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington when they were at the beginning of their careers. The pair, whom she shares a WhatsApp group with, once famously told Dolce & Gabbana: "If you don't take Naomi, you don't get us."
"They really put themselves out there, Linda and Christy, in terms of supporting me with designers back in the day who hadn't used a model of colour yet," she gushed in the interview.
While much progress has been made within the fashion industry in terms of diversity, inclusivity and representation since then, Naomi, who founded the Diversity Coalition with models Iman and Bethann Hardison, believes more still needs to be done.
"Now I want to see them pay models of colour in the right way," she stated. "Now I want to see that the board seats are given, and no: 'Let's make a diversity board for this.'"
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