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  • Jacket by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; top by The Row; briefs by Dolce & Gabbana; earrings and bracelets by Eddie Borgo

    Naomi Campbell is back in London and couldn’t be happier. This beautiful, most notorious of supermodels has returned to her home city to
    pursue a surprising new chapter in her phenomenal career. She is hosting the British version of the modeling show of the moment,
    The Face.

    It is over a quarter of a century since her first British Vogue cover in 1987, when she was the magazine’s first black cover star since 1966. That was just two years after she had been spotted, a Streatham schoolgirl, out window shopping in Covent Garden. Now, it is Campbell’s turn to do the discovering, as a mentor to young models on the show.

    When she arrives at The Edit’s shoot, Campbell is wearing a printed Dolce & Gabbana baby-doll sundress, oversized sunglasses and Alaïa flat sandals, insouciantly cool while a heat wave grips the rest of London. “We’re filming the show in my home country, so I want it to be better than amazing,” she says in a transatlantic voice that still has a south London edge to it. “London’s

    always been a place where great new talent emerges, and home is where you are judged the most.”

    Campbell’s motivation for this new phase stems from her reflecting on her career. “I want people to really understand what the world of modeling is about, and how hard we work,” she says. It follows her perhaps less well-known charity work, raising money for Haiti, Aids relief, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for vulnerable children and Fashion For Relief, Campbell’s own charity that she founded in 2005. Now, she is giving back to her own industry: “I like the mentoring aspect, as opposed to sitting in my chair and judging someone. It’s really rewarding to see the models transformed and it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”

    Campbell views the show as a

    “I want people to really UNDERSTAND what modeling is about and how HARD we work”

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