IF I were asked to suggest a list of top model mentors, it would probably look something like this:
Cindy Crawford, as gorgeous at 47 as she was at 17, Linda Evangelista for her financial acumen (she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than £5,000, remember?) and Lauren Hutton who just shy of her 70th birthday is as much the fresh faced beauty as she was in her heyday flogging Revlon cosmetics.
I am not sure I would be rushing to sign up Naomi Campbell. Few can hold a candle to the long legged beauty in the looks stakes but I don’t really see her as the nurturing type.
She is, after all, more famous for her mood swings than her maternal nature.
But it seems the 42-year-old has her eye on Tyra Banks’ reality TV model-maker crown.
Following last year’s airing Stateside The Face, which saw Naomi and two other model mentors guide young girls through a series of challenges, is coming to the UK. The winner of the show will land themselves a coveted campaign as the face of a world renowned brand.
So far so America’s Next Top Model you might say, although I can’t quite picture Naomi teaching the young wannabes how to “smize” Tyra-style (that’s smile with your eyes for non ANTM devotees).
“UK talent is world class, so I’m really looking forward to uncovering our next rising star,”’ Naomi told Vogue.co.uk
“I’m looking for contestants who have the whole package – a beautiful face, great body, unique look, confidence, drive and passion, the ability to change and transform, a willingness to follow direction and above all, a strong work ethic.”
Naomi definitely has a strong work ethic. You need one to stay at the top for two decades the way the Streatham-born stunner has. She also has a pretty strong overarm – just ask her former housekeeper.
Someone else who knows what it takes to stay at the top for two decades is Naomi’s BFF Kate Moss.
Only in January the pair posed for steamy pictures for Russian Interview magazine.
For the American version of The Face Naomi was joined in her search by fellow clotheshorses Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha.
The British version should go all out to sign up Mossy.
Kate, Naomi and a load of hungry, young wannabes – it would be TV dynamite.
They might want to make it a mobile phone free set though.
REGULAR readers of this column will know that my fondness for Gwyneth Paltrow knows no bounds. I have had a girl crush on her ever since her Iron Man style rebirth.
But she has got to stop banging on about her “clean” diet and how cutting out carbs and the like has had a positive effect on everything from her mood to her marriage. This week Gwyneth – who just so happens to have anther cook book out (It’s All Good – Delicious easy recipes to make you look good and feel great) gushed to Self magazine about how her clean eating regime means “you feel lighter and your emotions get smoother.”
It’s enough to make me want to cook up a monster vat of carbonara.
Then again she does look phenomenal...what was that book’s name again?