Quoted: Naomi Campbell, 25 Years Later

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Published September 9, 2010

In anticipation of the debut of her T-shirt collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana, the New York Times caught up with Naomi Campbell. The aforementioned collection, which goes on sale this Friday during Fashion’s Night Out, commemorate Campbell’s quarter-century in fashion, and will be accompanied by a campaign shot by Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, and Herb Ritts. So, how exactly has the icon changed over the course of 25 (often tumultuous) years in the business? She explained, “I used to fight everything…I used to be, like, ‘Why am I in a restaurant and that person is staring at me?’ I used to put on a pair of glasses and a hat and then wonder, ‘How do they know it’s me?’ That’s my irrationality.” However, it seems that she’s doing her best to leave that irrationality behind: “Getting past the denial is half the battle. Take responsibility for your actions. No matter who you are, a banker or a model or an aesthetician, if you don’t do that, you’ll find yourself living in an insanity world.” (PHOTO BY BOB CASS)