Campbell Reminisces About Supermodel Camaraderie

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September 29, 2010 | 12:05pm EST

Naomi Campbell is convinced the young catwalk stars of today are missing out because they will never experience the “friendship” and “camaraderie” which existed between supermodels in the 1990s.

The British beauty shot to fame 20 years ago alongside other stars including Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.

The exclusive group coined the phrase ‘supermodels’ and Campbell is convinced they shared “something” special during their heyday which will never be repeated in today’s cut-throat world of fashion.

She tells Interview magazine, “We were very supportive of one another, my group of girls, and I don’t think that happens so much nowadays… We would all have our rooms next to one another – it was like a dorm on tour. Even if we were always in fittings until one or two o’clock in the morning, we didn’t care, because we felt like we were part of something…”

And Campbell admits she will never forget the kindness shown to her by fellow models Turlington and Evangelista when she was struggling to land jobs.

She adds, “There were certain designers who hadn’t used models of color in their shows, and Christy and Linda said to them, ‘If you don’t take Naomi, then you don’t get us.’ My friends and comrades stuck up for me – and that doesn’t happen in fashion. I will never forget that. I don’t forget what people do. No matter how many years go by, I always remember.”