This is an article I found in Harper’s Bazaar a few years ago (which means they would probably sue my ass if my website wasn’t so dinky) about how Naomi Campbell lives her life in 24 hours. You would like to think that she would be throwing phones, screaming at assistants, barking out unreasonable demands left and right and generally being a crazy psycho bitch to her staff because, well, she can… but actually her life (according to this magazine article and whatever she
told lied to the reporter. (who’s name is Christine Whitney so I don’t get sued)
Of course there were a fair share of juice cleanses, herbal teas, hot water with lemon, looking down on those who enjoy coffee, etc. I guess it takes lots of time and energy to be that perfect.. who knows. Sooo.. the superstar awakens and it all starts at 5am…..
5:00 A.M. When I’m in New York taping my show, The Face, I get up at five or six. When I’m not, I’d say nine. I don’t like alarms. I don’t like really sudden, loud noises; they make me jump. I wake up on my own. When I’ve had to put on an alarm, I always anticipate it, and I wake up before. The first thing I do is have hot water with lemon and probiotics. I’ve never drunk coffee; I don’t like the smell. I’m a tea drinker. If I need it I will have one cup of green tea. I’m more into herbal tea. After that I get up, take a shower, and then I have another set of drinks—one for the immune system and one with aloe. Then I do yoga or Pilates, and after, a big glass of green juice. In the shower I only use baby soap. I don’t like too many perfumed shower gels. I use Biofirm Lift cream, and I use eye cream. I moisturize my skin constantly, my whole body, and I use moisture serums for my face these days. I think all the makeup and heavy moisturizers just clog the pores. It doesn’t take me long to get dressed—I’m quick. When I’m going to the TV studio, I just wear jeans from AG or Acne, Alaïa ballet flats, and a nice top. My favorite labels are Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Marc Jacobs, and Zac Posen. I’m in heels all day at work and I’m dressed up, so it’s nice to be in something grounding while I can. I love most brands; I don’t just go by the name. It can be $10. If I like it, I’m going to buy it. It depends if it’s comfortable—comfort for me is very important. When I’m working I don’t wear much jewelry, just a cross, a Lorraine Schwartz evil-eye bracelet, and a yellow sapphire on my left hand.
7:00 A.M. I go to the studio by SUV or Maserati. I catch up with phone calls and e-mails, things with Europe. Sometimes I read magazines in the car when my driver has them, but I actually prefer books. Right now I’m reading The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’m also reading Clean, by Alejandro Junger, this detox book that’s been around forever. It’s about how to take care of your body, what you put in your body. And then before I know it, I’m at the studio. During hair and makeup I continue to do my e-mails and calls and stuff like that and try and get them out of the way. I can’t keep the phone on when I’m on set. I have a BlackBerry and an iPhone; I just got the new ones. I have two dogs, a Malkie named Milo and a bulldog named Winston, but I don’t bring them to work because there are too many people around and too much going on and lots of cables—I don’t want them to eat anything from the floor. I do take my blanket, and walnuts, dates, apricots, lots of dried fruit, Smartwater, tea bags, a packed lunch. I just became a vegetarian, and I find it a little hard to figure out what to eat, so I just bring stuff from home. I went to this place where they teach you how to take care of your body and clean it inside and out. After that I decided I didn’t want to eat pork, chicken, or anything I felt was unhealthy. I never thought I would ever do it. It was just something I decided to do. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but I feel lighter and just easier. I think once you clean your intestine, you wanna try and keep it clean. I do juice cleanses two or three times per week. When I get to the studio, I usually go and check on my girls, my team: see how they are, how they slept, if they are okay in their rooms ’cause it’s a new environment for them. And then I go into my room and change. They allow us, like, three hours for hair and makeup, but it’s too long, so we do, like, an hour and a half.
9:15 A.M. We have meetings to talk about what we’re gonna do for the day and how the fashion challenges are gonna go and the bullet points we have to hit for the brand. There are lawyers on set, which is a standard thing for reality shows, I understand. I’m new to this.
12:00 P.M. My lunch is, like, salad and vegetables or something vegetarian like seitan, which tastes like meat but it’s not. Sometimes my lunch could be just a juice. I pick them up at Juice Crafters or Organic Avenue. I have probably two or three green juices a day, and I have chamomile or mint tea or Smartwater.
6:00 P.M. Yesterday was the first time I got to do some shopping, and it was 10 past six. I went to Helmut Lang and Louis Vuitton. They were really sweet and let me go in. I bought some stuff, but I never say what I buy or the prices; it’s not my thing. I wanted to make sure I got some things that Marc [Jacobs] has done. When I’m not working I like to do a Zumba class in the evening.
7:30 P.M. I don’t really like eating past eight if I can help it. So I prefer to have a big lunch and skip dinner. But if I go out to dinner with friends, of course I’m going to eat, but lightly. I usually go with what my friends suggest because I’m traveling constantly. I don’t drink alcohol, but once in a while I’ll have dessert. It depends. The other day I had cotton candy, but I hadn’t had so much sugar in my body for such a long time, I couldn’t sleep. It really is true when they say sugar is a drug. If I go out, I like to go to dinners and openings and the theater. Lately I haven’t been to anything. I wanted to go to the movies while I’m in New York, to see all these great films I know will be up for the Oscars, like The Butler, and I haven’t been able to. And I love music. I have eclectic taste—I like deep house, rap, rock, pop, punk. I love Jay’s album, and I’m looking forward to the new U2 album. I like to go to concerts; the last one I went to was Barbra Streisand in London back in June. I got to sit next to Sir David Frost.
2:00 A.M. Sometimes we finish taping the show at two, sometimes we finish earlier. It really depends. On the day of the challenges, it tends to be longer ’cause we’ve got a lot more work to get in. And when we’ve got more girls, it takes a lot longer, more time. And as you get toward the end of the show, it takes less time, obviously. I love doing the show and helping young women who want to get into the modeling industry, just to give them inside tips on how to conquer and be gracious and elegant in their approach. When I get home it’s makeup off, shower, bed. Normally I would say to you, I watch my computer, I catch up on the reality shows I like to watch, but lately there’s been no time. It’s really just get as much sleep as you can. When I have more time I watch all the Real Housewives—I’m a big fan of Andy Cohen, NeNe Leakes, and Lisa Vanderpump—and Scandal. There’s some really good stuff on television right now. To relax sometimes, even when I get in at, like, midnight, I like to get a massage, because when you’re in heels all day it just throws your alignment out. I do that maybe two or three times a week.
2:30 A.M. I pray every day and every night, and I sleep very quickly—I lay down, five minutes, I’m out.