Naomi Campbell Talks Mentoring Models and Fighting Industry Racism

"It makes me feel like I'm doing something right," she says.

Posted: 10/07/2013 12:42 PM EDT

(Photo: Net A Porter Magazine, Fall 2013)

Naomi Campbell is showing that she's still got it with her cover for Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine and accompanying fashion spread. The 43-year-old supermodel poses in a super short bob, a black bustier top and matching skirt. Inside, she continues to show off that statuesque body as she chats about fighting the racism that's still prevalent in the industry and why she loves mentoring younger models as they start their careers.

"I want people to really understand what the world of modeling is about, and how hard we work. I like the mentoring aspect, as opposed to sitting in my chair and judging someone. It's really rewarding to see the models transformed and it makes me feel like I'm doing something right," she said.

Campbell also points out the important of building relationships within the industry and how she's tried to learn something from every photographer she's worked with throughout her career. And if you're wondering what's her go-to routine for staying toned through the ages, it's Pilates, cleanses and a little treat every now and then.

"Since I had my operation on my knee [in 2012, after being reportedly mugged], Pilates has become very important. I don't want to build muscle, just to tone," Campbell said. "I'm not extreme about what I eat – I let chocolate and crisps come in at times. You have to allow the little things that make you happy. For ten days prior to the Versace show, I just drank juice – carrot, ginger, pineapple – to cleanse."


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