naomi in hazmat suit

Photo courtesy of @NaomiCampbell.

Yesterday was just a typical day at LAX for Naomi Campbell, even if what she was wearing didn't exactly appear to be ordinary.

You may remember Campbell shared an inside look at her tips for staying germ-free when traveling on an airplane via her YouTube channel last year. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19, there’s been an uptick in people who appear to have adopted the supermodel’s pre-flight disinfecting routine: wiping down the seat and tray table with antibacterial solution, wearing a mask throughout the flight, and keeping some latex gloves on when touching anything aboard the aircraft. 

“I do not care what people think of me,” Campbell said in her YouTube video last summer. “No matter what plane you take, private or commercial, as the plane descends, people start coughing and sneezing, and the coughing and sneezing makes me…I just can’t.”

While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of wearing a mask to prevent breathing in infected droplets (unless you’re the sick one, in which case you’re protecting those around you), the rest of Campbell’s routine is recommended to limit the amount of infected surfaces you may come into contact with while traveling. 

Once again, the queen of paranoid cleanliness has logged on, and she’s evolved from a simple surgical mask and latex gloves with a few wet wipes. She’s now in a full body hazmat suit, pink latex gloves, an N95 mask, and science goggles. Let no germ or viral spore prosper in the face of Campbell. 

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She’s also promised a full video that one must assume will demonstrate how she made it through airport security, her thought process behind choosing the whole getup, how she even got a hazmat suit and N95 mask when they sold out faster than hand sanitizer, and what her fellow first-class seatmates must have thought when they saw a supermodel board their flight in a hazmat suit.  

Now, it’s difficult to convey the shock, glee, and confusion felt when these images of a decked-out Campbell first surfaced, but here are some thoughts that went through my head:

  1. Suddenly I need a new hard-shell suitcase with a portable charger even though travel is kind of forbidden right now?
  2. Suddenly I need a…hazmat suit. 
  3. Suddenly I need a chic, expensive-looking camel cloak to drape over my hazmat suit just to make sure people remember exactly who I am. 

Honestly, at the end of the day we have to commend Campbell on her commitment to, um, environmentalism? At least she’s not taking a private jet

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