Over the years, Naomi Campbell has played many roles in the pages of W Magazine: her first cover was in 1999, and since she’s done community service, posed as the first lady in Ghana, and worn Balmain with Rihanna and Iman. In W’s October 2014 issue, Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg declared Naomi Campbell the classic royal of the fashion world. Her most recent appearance, in W‘s December 2016 issue, celebrates Campbell’s latest role as an actress. Following a role on Lee Daniels’ Empire, Campbell is now set to star in his new TV series Star.
Here, Campbell shares her beauty secrets, including her favorite fragrances, workout routine, and advice from her mother.
Your look: Not predictable. I wake up every day and dress according to how I feel, what city I’m in, the weather… I love mixing and matching and can go from vintage one day to current the next.
Beauty from the inside out: I take care of myself, eat well, try to balance what I put in my body. I stay away from sugar and drink lots of water.
Exercise regime: Yoga and Pilates—I don’t lift weights. I like working with the resistance of my own body weight.
Naomi Campbell, Our Favorite Diva, Turns Up the Drama
Jennifer Fisher earrings.
Naomi Campbell wears Prada dress, turtleneck, and belt; her own woven bracelet (throughout).
La Perla bodysuit; Preston & Olivia hat; Gianvito Rossi ankle boots. Beauty note: For legs that don’t stop, try Nivea Nourishing Body Oil.
Nike bra; Fitbit tracker bangles; Vetements x Manolo Blahnik waist-high boots.
Stetson hat from JJ Hat Center, New York; David Yurman earrings. Beauty note: Think of Covergirl So Lashy! BlastPro Mascara in Extreme Black as extensions for your lashes.
Céline dress and bra; Campbell’s own beaded bracelets (throughout).
Michael Kors Collection gown; Giuseppe Zanotti Design sandals.
Azzedine Alaïa dress; Gaspar Gloves gloves; Falke socks; Balenciaga shoes.
Naomi Campbell wears Prada dress and turtleneck.
Céline dress and bra; Campbell’s own necklace. Beauty note: Pout on with Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Lip Perfector.
Mugler dress; Giuseppe Zanotti Design sandals.
Moschino top and pants; Jennifer Fisher earrings. Beauty note: Enhance a sleek look with StriVectin Hair All Smooth Overnight Anti-Frizz Serum.
Balmain crop top; Akris skirt; Versace sandals.
Beauty essentials: Serums, under eye cream, mani-pedi—a woman should always maintain herself on a weekly basis. Body moisturizer, moisturizing masks—anything hydrating, especially when you travel. Antioxidants are good for the skin, too.
Skincare secret: Plenty of water, and stay away from sugar!
Manicure or pedicure: Both, on a weekly basis. Especially in the job that I’m in. I always show up to a job over prepared rather than under prepared.
Pilates or yoga: Both are essential to me.
Best advice from mom: Have integrity with everything you do and have no regrets. When you commit, do it with 110%.
Best advice from the pros: Do not to do anything half way. Also don’t try to imitate anyone—just be the best you can be. Remember whom you’re working for and always do things with integrity.
Naomi Campbell Forever
Naomi Campbell goes retro for “Fashion A Go-Go” on the cover of W Magazine December 1990.
People say “diva” like it’s a bad thing. Here, the fashion legend tries on fall’s most embellished pieces, and adds some drama of her own.
“I try not to read the tabloids, and I am not fully aware of what’s going on, but I find out that the press is turning this whole thing into a fashion show by commenting on what I was wearing.”
The model takes on a diplomatic role as “The First Lady of Fashion” in 2013.
Campbell poses with fellow supers Shalom Harlow, Natalia Vodianova, and Kate Moss for the 30th Anniversary Issue of W in August 2002.
Community service wasn’t going to stop Campbell from looking fabulous in 2007. “What do they expect me to do—walk in looking all drib and drab?” she told W in “The Naomi Diaries.” “I’ve never looked drib and drab in my life.”
And bares all in February 2014 as one of the social stars of “Pillow Tweets.”
And, in August, covers up with pals Rihanna and Iman in the best of Balmain.
“Fashion has really changed,” Campbell told W in her October 2014 cover story. “It went from being a small group to very global and very corporate.
“I like a little swag in a girl’s walk on the runway. It is called a ‘show,’ after all.” Spoken like a true pro.
Necessary splurge: All sorts of things—shoes, bags… But I really care about wellness items that make you feel good and are researched and healthy.
Drugstore favorite: I love the drugstore Zitomer. In terms of products, I like make-up remover, eye applicators, and all the mini products you make things you can travel. I love mini products!
Fragrance of choice: Naomi Campbell and Molecule.
Beauty icons: Jo Baker and Dorothy Dandridge.
Anything else: We travel and eat so many different things that is important to just drink juice two days a week, once a month or so, to cleanse yourself, rebalance, and clean the blood.
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