It’s not the first time that Other Edition has highlighted an Interview cover as noteworthy of attention. But with the current cover starring Naomi Campbell, who could blame us? It is unquestionably the best cover on the newsstands this October.
There’s an old adage that tells that what makes a great model is her ability to assume the persona of whatever she wears; to blend in and ultimately remain without personal identity. And then there are the models who, no matter how extreme the styling, ultimately remain themselves. Without any question, Naomi Campbell belongs to this latter category that particularly rose to prominence in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
As demonstrated in the stunning photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott., styled by Karl Templer, Naomi Campbell always pushes through the exterior layers. Slick, sleek and devoid of any of the flamboyance with which she is frequently associated, the current cover of Interview presents us with a powerful image of an internationally recognisable face that nonetheless transmits so many of the qualities for which this supermodel is known.
Inflaming our passion or inflaming our anger, the unexpected goddess from Streatham seldom warrants a mediocre reaction. The cavalcade of controversy is almost as long as her career: dodgy encounters with blood diamonds to destructive passions involving a flamenco star; A-over-K-on-her-derrière inverted disaster becoming triumph on Vivienne Westwood’s catwalk to forays into the pleasuredome restaurant business. Naomi Campbell is one of those models who has stuck to her guns and retained her professional ground long after most of the others have retired into obscure respectability and quiet. Whatever one makes of her, she is a complex creature that demands to be understood as a heroine and inspirational rolemodel equal to any criticism delivered to her door.
The current cover of Interview captures the dichotomy perfectly where Ms Campbell almost resembles the enigmatic sphinx that offers us only riddles.
Inside, of course, it’s a different matter.
Is it just us or has Interview been treading a somewhat kinky path of late? In the article corresponding to the stunning cover, Naomi gets to work over a pretty tattooed boy toy in a manner that verges on the stuff of twisted Clive Barker horrotica. Styled entirely in the de rigeur looks of the season, Ms Campbell, stunning as ever, throws around her male puppet like a little doll made entirely of rippling meat. Sweaty? You tell us.
If Interview’s October cover is an understated image of an icon, almost reducing her to the stony sculptural elements that would serve her immortalisation as a statue, then inside we are offered an image of the notorious Naomi in which she is undeniably a creature of hot flesh and blood. Only a cold fish could fail to see the appeal.