NAOMI CAMPBELL was on prickly form following news that she is to pick up the icon prize at next week’s Fashion Awards.
The catwalk superstar, 49, said she was ‘honoured’ to be receiving the gong — which is awarded by the British Fashion Council for her outstanding contribution to the industry — but also mused on whether it was more of a survivor’s award.
‘It’s an honour to be called it, it is,’ she said.
‘I don’t think of myself as an icon, but I respect and am very honoured to receive and blessed that they consider me to be one.
‘Does it come with age and how many years? Possibly, right? So is the word icon associated with age? Is it? Is it for longevity?
‘I’m not trying to compete with anybody, I just like what I do and I don’t do the same thing every day so it’s a bit of a mix-up and I like it that way.’
Naomi also said she has been approached by production companies about making a documentary about her story, but she’d rather do the job herself.
‘They think I’m an idiot,’ she said.
‘”We will pay you this much to have your documentary and you keep the f*** out of it?”
‘Yeah right! Really? I don’t think so. I want to be hands-on because I’m a producer, I’ve produced things, I know how to produce. [I would do it] with other producers, people that I look up to, respect their advice.
‘I pretty much know who. It will be told when it needs to be told.’
Naomi — who has launched a pop-up store selling items from her own wardrobe as well as those of top brands and famous friends to raise money for youth education and employment programmes — also spoke of her plans to write her life story.
‘I’ve written a book about my work life and anecdotes and pictures — a diary kind of thing of what happened on this job,’ she said.
‘But my life so far, I haven’t written. Everyone keeps asking me to. I don’t know is the answer.’
She added: ‘Honestly, I’m sitting here and I’m just like I’ve had a blessed life, a colourful life, so there is lots to write about, isn’t there?
‘I was thinking today, I’m not ever going to be your typical housewife, I’m just not going to be.’
You can say that again! And Naomi doesn’t plan to let the grass grow under her feet.
Asked where she sees herself in 10 years, she said she didn’t like to plan too far ahead, but added: ‘I will tell you one thing, I’m going to be happy and I definitely know I will be living part time, or living half and half, in Africa.
‘I don’t know yet, I’m not sure yet which country. I think West Africa for sure.’
Naomi’s Fashion For Relief pop-up shop is open to the public at London’s Westfield shopping centre until December 8