“I’ve been doing this for over three decades and I still love what I do, which is why I felt it was time to share it.” Naomi Campbell talk about her decision to add Lecturer MasterClass to her long list of awards. The versatile supermodel (actor, ambassador, businesswoman and mother, to name a few) has always had an ambitious mindset, approaching every project with a signature combination of determination and passion. passionate about. Now, Campbell wants to share the perspective and expertise that have made her an international star to a new audience by teaching the fundamentals of modeling. While Campbell’s course includes in-and-out industry insights, such as getting on casting calls, finding your stride, and learning how to pose, this course is more about building confidence confident to overcome challenges on and off the stage.
Campbell spoke to Vanity Fair about what she’s learned throughout her career, what has inspired her, and what she hopes her legacy will be.
Vanity Fair: How exactly do you teach someone to be a model like you?
Naomi Campbell: It’s not even teaching how to be a model. It’s just for me, it’s for anyone who just wants to know how to live for themselves. It’s not really about wanting to be a model. That’s what I do, obviously. But I’m not doing this really to discriminate against anyone – it’s for everyone and everyone.
When you first started modeling, who and what other models inspired you the most for your career?
I can’t afford magazines, so I can’t spend all my pocket money on magazines. But for me, I was inspired by dance, because dancing is something I learned all my school life and theater is something I learned. So I just incorporated my choreography into what I think is a model pose. And I think Steven Meisel who helped shape me in showing me how to pose and how to be and how to move my body and how to stand. And all the photographers I’ve worked with in my career at the time have guided, shaped, and molded me.
I see that you have a level of confidence that is truly like no other. With this MasterClass, you’re teaching more than just modeling, but how does someone gain that confidence to be able to apply it to what they’re doing?
For me, I’ve always said it, whether you’re confident or not, you just have to show up to have it.
So fake it until you make it?
Yes, really. But you must go with the exact intention from you about what you are doing. And I never brag about myself. Every time and every designer or brand I work for, I try to understand how they work and how they look and are, and try to incorporate that in me and bring that out of me.
How did this MasterClass come into being? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
NC: [Matthew Rutler, Senior VP of Talent and Business Development at MasterClass] and I have met many times. We met many, many years ago. And when I was in LA and we talked about it when he first started his masters series and you know, everything has its moment in life. And so it has come together now.
You mentioned that this class is for everyone and it’s not exclusive to fashion and models, so what are the main takeaways?
To feel comfortable in [your] own skin. To know that each and every person has something special that they must promote, enhance and rely on. And to find the story that explains them and just who they are and doesn’t erase who they are, because that’s what makes you, each and every one of us, an individual.