Naomi Campbell Stuns On i-D Magazine Cover Shoot

Just when we thought she couldn’t get anymore iconic.


The legendary Naomi Campbell is the second cover star of i-D Magazine’s Utopia in Dystopia Issue, no.362. The supermodel enlightens us with inside info about the shoot that took place at her home in Kenya.


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Photographed by Luis Alberto Rodriguez, the beautiful images feature Naomi embracing her figure on sandy beaches, with a striking range of fashion directed by Carlos Nazario. Clothing includes the likes of a ruffled Dior haute couture cape and colorful Christopher John Rogers leotard. JW Anderson earrings are introduced and the model’s own rings are worn throughout. She stuns in extravagant dresses by Matty Bovan, Melitta Baumeister and Lanvin. Other high-end brands presented are Vivienne Westwood, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Jacquemus

Naomi discusses the beauty of Kenya and team spirit behind the lens. She touches on her experience in the fashion industry and her optimistic outlook for 2021. 


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“When I’m in Kenya there are days that are less hectic than others, but I’m always busy. I’m being more careful at the moment because of the situation with COVID, but I still saw the kids in the orphanage that I support, I didn’t want to let them down. I want to reach as many people as I can. I want to spread awareness. There’s a part of me where, if I love something, I want the world to know about it.

“We were working, too — we were even shooting on Boxing Day! We shot during the day, we shot at night, but the atmosphere on set with Carlos and Luis and Jawara was so fun, so easy – there was always a boombox somewhere close by playing music – that it just felt like we were taking pictures on vacation. I think that’s something you can see: in how at ease I am; in the style of Luis’ photography; in the way Carlos has styled me; and in the fun Jawara had with the hair. We got to be a bit flamboyant, and it didn’t really feel like work, to be honest – it just felt like dressing up!

“It was just very real, very organic. And I felt proud, humbled and happy to be part of a shoot with young creatives that are all my skin colour, and that I’m getting to work with them after so many years of being in fashion industry. It’s very rare that this has happened to me. Luis is the third photographer of colour I’ve worked with in my whole career in fashion.

“When you see these images, I hope you see that Kenya is beautiful, that Africa is beautiful. I think people now are going to really open their minds and start to understand that real beauty is in Africa. There are so many gems, so many hidden secrets. I’ve been coming here since 1994 and I’m still discovering things.

“At the end of 2020, my main reflections were on the need for us to move upward and forward. We have to rise to every challenge and walk through it. And we will get through it. 2021 is going to be a great year, we’ve just got a few more bumps to get through first. Nothing disappears overnight, but we just need to get through this first quarter. After that, I believe that this is going to be an amazing year. Actually, I don’t just believe it will be; I feel it will be.”

You can read the full conversation in a copy of i-D’s Utopia in Dystopia Issue here.

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