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Naomi Campbell Pays It Forward


The 50th Anniversary Issue of W is an all-out supermodel celebration featuring 17 cover stars ranging from the world’s most famous names to women who are well on their way to total fashion domination. See every cover model here and read Jenny Comita’s essay about the evolution of the beauty standards that define the industry here.

Alaïa multistrand necklace and sandals; stylist’s own briefs.

What do you think is the secret to your success?

I like what I do, first and foremost. You have to, to have a career that really goes on. There is no career strategy on my end, but at this point, I love using the platform that I have to help young designers. The kids I work with are not just in the markets we know, but in Africa, the Middle East, India…and because people know me and I’ve come to understand the fashion world so well over time, I can get them the attention that they deserve. Fashion has provided me with so much, and it’s my philosophy to share that.

Balenciaga Couture coat; Jimmy Choo shoes.

The photographic duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot have been W contributors for decades. For this issue, they captured their close friend and collaborator Naomi Campbell.

Hair by Rio Sreedharan for Dyson at Hair by Rio; makeup by Angloma for Pat McGrath Labs; manicure by Robbie Tomkins for Nails Inc. at LMC Worldwide. Model: Naomi Campbell at Women Management. Casting by Michelle Lee at Michelle Lee Casting.

Produced by January Productions; executive producer: Leonard Cuinet; production manager: Leilou Garrigue; producer: Imogen Stoddart; photo assistants: Kai Cem Narin, Jed Barnes; digital technician: Niccolo Pacilli; retouching: Dreamer Post Production; fashion assistants: Loreto Mancini, Manuel Noriega; production assistants: Lucy Proctor, Georgia Williams, Dasza Wasiak, Monique Watson, James Lamb, Hunnigan Webster; tailor: Michelle Warner



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