And so, I save the best for last…
#1 Naomi Campbell
She is just everything. Versace’s favourite model and muse. Yves Saint-Laurent championed her. Controversial fire-starter. Catwalk goddess. Humanitarian. Stunningly beautiful. Trailblazer that opened many doors for Black models. Many prominent men at her feet. What else can I say that hasn’t been said of her walk? So fierce that every would-be model and drag queen has tried (and failed) to duplicate it. Even Beyonce herself had to shout it out. Much has been said of the negative side of Miss Campbell. That’s for the haters to ruminate. I’m here to promote grit, greatness, and royalty. And she’s the queen. Period.
When faced with discrimination, Campbell received support from her friends; she later quoted Turlington and Evangelista as telling douchebags Dolce & Gabbana, “If you don’t use Naomi, you don’t get us.” And that’s another reason why those two are on my list, as well.
“She’s one of the most delightful girls I’ve ever worked with, one of my favorite models,” exalted renowned fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo in Harper’s Bazaar. “No one else has such an amazing body. She makes clothes come alive.”
Or as she herself said,
“I make a lot of money and I’m worth every cent.”
That’s damn right.