Naomi Campbell Talks Aging, Her Mistakes, and Not Being a Supermodel

Naomi Campbell

Photos courtesy of Karim Sadli/Harper’s Bazaar

Super? We'd say so: Naomi Campbell in a Dolce & Gabbana body suit, left, and Gucci top, right.

For many people, Naomi Campbell’s the ultimate, definitive, classic supermodel—but does Campbell herself agree?

“I would never call myself that," she told Harper’s Bazaar. "I don't have any superhuman powers."

We respectfully beg to differ. Campbell poses in Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and more in the glossy’s March issue, where she talks about aging and her life in the spotlight.

Harper's Bazzar
Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar
Harper's Bazaar's March issue.

“Look, you have to make mistakes,” she said. “That’s how you learn and that’s how the world works. I’ve made a few.”

But for her, those mistakes—from her well-publicized tendencies towards throwing cell phones to her recent entanglement in a blood diamond trial—have made her who she is.

“What makes a person is the ability to look at themselves and deal with their own lives,” she said. “ How you deal with [your actions] is what defines you.”

Of course, as a model—super or not—your appearance also defines you. But the 41-year-old isn’t anxious about getting older.

“I don’t worry about a number. I’m fine with aging,” she says, citing steams, facials, and keeping carbs as “a treat” to maintain her skin and figure. “It’s always surprising to get asked to do a job I did 20 years ago. I’m very blessed, and I know that.”