Naomi Campbell is rediscovering her fierce supermodeling side, ironically enough as she takes on a new gig – a reality competition show called The Face that she’s bringing to Oxygen this month.
Campbell confessed that she was originally apprehensive about doing television:
“I’ve always been very shy of doing television. I’ve always said no. Not to be disrespectful to anyone—I didn’t want to say yes and then let people down.”
But ultimately, it was the prospect of being a mentor that sold her over. Campbell said:
“It [mentorship] was done for me! When I first got Yves Saint Laurent Couture, I didn’t know how to take off a cape. I would ask Katoucha and Dalma—the real divas of the runway—‘Can you show me?’ I’ve never been afraid to ask for help. I care for my girls. Every single one of them. I’m not here to put anyone down.”
This is definitely a new look for the veteran supermodel, who, in the last few years, has been known more for her off-runway antics than anything else. She’s been banned from British Airlines for life, fired from her modeling agency for “abuse,” and infamously known for throwing a cell phone at her personal assistant.
Of her past Campbell had this to say:
“I’m never gonna get away from it. It’s part of my history. I was remorseful and regretful. I’ve served. I did that time. And I never want to be in that position again.”
When asked about how her new show The Face stacks up against America’s Next Top Model, Campbell put it politely:
“I don’t watch the other reality model shows. I’ll never have anything to say. If you ask me about Tyra Banks, I’m proud of her as a woman of color. She’s given girls opportunity, and God bless her.”