Naomi Campbell says motherhood is 'the biggest joy' she could imagine
“She loves the light. She’s inquisitive. She was looking at everyone – she looks at people right in the eye and for a very long time. She was taking it all in," Campbell told British Vogue in an article published Monday.
The 51-year-old model who's been notoriously private about welcoming her daughter in May, opened up about motherhood calling it the "best thing I've ever done." Just like her plans of becoming a parent were kept under wraps Campbell is also choosing to keep her daughter's name private.
"I always knew that one day I would be a mother, but it’s the biggest joy I could ever imagine," Campbell said. "I’m lucky to have her and I know that."
Though the model has lived through experiences most of us could only dream of, from jet setting across the world to walking in runway shows for luxury designers, it's her daughter who's making her enjoy life differently.
"I’m like a kid again. I’m reliving nursery rhymes, playing and discovering how many great new toys there are out there in the world! And dolls! Things I couldn’t even dream of," Campbell said.
Becoming a parent hasn't slowed Campbell down though. The supermodel was last seen walking in January's Paris Fashion Week though she says it makes her nervous now.
"I still enjoy it but it’s nerve-racking! Because I’m 51 years old walking with girls who are 18!," Campbell said adding though it's "great" being with young models she does miss her crew of Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.
She added: "I definitely feel like my time was more joyful. We smiled. We got to show off our personalities."
The model recalled walking in about eight shows a day with her friends and says she wonders "sometimes if models now could have kept up with us."
Having been the first Black model to cover French Vogue in 1988, Campbell has never been one to shy from calling out the fashion industry's diversity problem.
"Of course, it would have been great to have had that support around me back then, but I’m proud to see it happen now, I’m proud to see the diversity now," Campbell said. "But I say this with all sincerity: we’re not here for a trend. There are so many companies who are in this only because they don’t want to get called out. No. Don’t do it from that place, do it because you understand that it’s the right thing to do. There is still a long way to go."
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