Naomi Campbell Poses Nude: ‘I Never Felt At Ease In My Own Skin’
Naomi Campbell is out here proving she still has it! The supermodel took it all off for her photo shoot in the July 2019 issue of British Vogue. And she had no shame doing it. She shared a behind-the-scenes snapshot on Instagram Thursday and wrote,
Campbell also penned a vulnerable article for the magazine that was published Tuesday. There, the actress revealed more than her skin as she explained how tough it was for her to accept herself as she is.
“Growing up, I never felt at ease in my skin. At school, people would call me names like Olive Oyl or Twigs, and I felt awkward and inadequate. The only time I really felt comfortable was in dance classes – then I’d just be present in my body and forget about everything else. When I started modeling, I didn’t know how to pose, so I would do what I had trained to do: move as though I was performing classical ballet, or jump and leap about in front of the camera.”
She credits a famous photographer for helping her discover her confidence.
“It wasn’t until I started working with Steven Meisel that I learned to be still, to quieten, and to mold myself into new shapes. Although whenever I did something like lingerie pictures, I continued to feel incredibly self-conscious. Even in my day-to-day life, if I was in the street wearing tight jeans or leggings, I’d always be sure to tie a cardigan around my waist so that I didn’t feel exposed.”
“It’s taken me a long time to feel right in my body – it’s something that has come with age, and has really only happened over the past few years,”
She said now, she’s been able to find a balance between pushing herself and giving her body the break it deserves.
“I’ve learned, too, not to take my body for granted. Some people think that I push myself too hard, but today I know my limits: I know when I have to take time out. I’ve learned not to feel guilty about staying in bed when I’ve spent several weeks at work; I now know how to lie on the beach and just let the day go by.”
“For me, it’s all connected – I need a healthy body for a healthy mind and a healthy spirit. I know that what comes from within is projected outwards.”
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