Naomi Campbell Graces The Cut's Fall Fashion Cover
Fashion can be a vicious gladiator sport. Naomi, more than any model of any color, seemed to understand that. Maybe as a result of an act of Providence, she never tried to be anyone’s pretty and silent clothes hanger. She was naked with all her complexities — her mess and her majesty on full display. She has demanded respect and redemption, all without shame. Naomi has, openly, unapologetically, relentlessly, been Naomi. An extremely rare existence for any Black body anywhere, to shamelessly be oneself. She came to the fashion game armed with swords forged from her own flesh.
Naomi Campbell has done for fashion what Biles did for gymnastics. Both torch the Old Guard with flames thrown from their very Black-girl bodies. While Naomi acknowledges the strides that have been made, her advice in the now, especially for women and women of color, is “Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, and go! Go for gold! Take it.”