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Original supermodel Naomi Campbell is in the middle of a promotional tour for her reality TV modeling competition The Face, and this week she dropped by “The Breakfast Club,” the no-holds-barred talk show on New York-based radio station Power 105.1. The hosts grilled Campbell on pretty much every topic under the sun — drugs, men, Kegel exercises — but they really got down to the nitty gritty when talking about Campbell’s illustrious modeling career and her views on the current state of the industry.
Host Charlamagne asked if she would starve herself or purge during her heyday, and Campbell seemed disgusted by the allegations. “I love my food…I came with a wonderful group of ladies, Linda [Evangelista], Cindy [Crawford], Tatjana [Patitz], Christy [Turlington], Stephanie [Seymour] — we loved each other, we loved to go to eat together. It’s not part of our era.” (Ed note: This from the same woman who claimed she went on a 10-day juice cleanse prior to walking the runway in 2013.)
“The Breakfast Club” crew also wondered how Campbell feels about models and the state of the industry now, specifically if she thinks today’s crop of girls is as beautiful as she and her ’90s peers were. “There’s a change… Everything has to evolve — it’s a business — times change,” she said of the skinnier, less voluptuous models of the moment. “I will say this: You will never get six or seven of us together as we were.”
In terms of today’s superstars, she name-checks Gisele, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, and explains how she’s a champion of the young black models working in the industry. Later in the interview — when asked how she feels about women in music videos and on the web calling themselves “models” — she noted, “The word ‘supermodel’ is used loosely these days.”
You can watch the full interview below.