Jacket and skirt by Altuzarra; pumps by Christian Louboutin; cuffs by Fendi; rings by Bottega Veneta
the work that we’ve done together through the years,” Campbell says.
She is conscious of how much has changed in the industry since she started. “It’s very important to have a personality; it’s not just about a pretty face any more. The model who wins The Face will work for a huge brand. She has to be able to go to stores and speak about the product.” Not that Campbell was ever “just” anything; she has always been a personality. Remember her laughter when she took a tumble on the runway in 1993 in those Vivienne Westwood platforms? Then, there have been temper management issues, she was called to the Hague as a witness in a war crimes tribunal in 2010, and there have been a string of high-profile relationships, but speaking her
“It’s very important to have a PERSONALITY: MODELING isn’t just about a pretty FACE”
mind and being nothing but exactly who she is have always been Campbell’s priorities.
A subject she has often been vocal about is the underrepresentation of black models on the covers of glossy magazines. "I do think there is still racism. Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn [both of whom have been cover stars for The Edit] and I speak with each other and, sometimes, I’m a little horrified with the things they tell me.” Campbell has been a figurehead for this issue, speaking out recently at New York Fashion Week about the small number of black models on the runway.
Seven hours on from our shoot, having created yet more stunning images to add to her portfolio, Campbell slips back into her Dolce sundress and out the door, off to film her TV show. What the girls she mentors on The Face won’t learn from her isn’t worth knowing.
The Face is on Sky Living HD now. THE OUTNET will take part in episode 3, airing October 14
Art direction: Jon Wetherell. Hair: Lorenzo Barcella at Aldo Coppola. Makeup: Alex Babsky at Frank Agency. Nails: Liza Smith. With thanks to Big Sky Studios