She may be a top model, but a role model? Not so much. So admits Naomi Campbell in the October issue of
Wearing her hair pulled back, smoky eyes, and a barely there black leather bustier that shows plenty of skin, Campbell is as revealing on the cover as she is inside the cutting-edge tome.
"Listen, I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. I'm not a perfect human being," says the troubled beauty, who has battled drug addiction, dealt with anger management issues, and become a key player in the blood diamond trial of Liberian president Charles Taylor.
"I have to learn from my mistakes. And a lot of the ones I've made have been public. So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don't know if I've been a great role model myself."
Campbell plays up her bad-girl persona in the provocative portfolio shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. For one photo, she wears a black leather form-fitting dress, a gold dog-collar-style choker, and cuff-like, thumb only black leather gloves - revealing bright red nails - that frame the face of a nude male model whose mug is bloodied and body is wounded.
In the second shot, Campbell is clad in a black body-conscious dress with gold hardware details and leans toward the model as if whispering something conspiratorial while stealing a sideways glance and exhaling a cloud of cigarette smoke.
The images may not exactly help change people's perceptions of Campbell, but she couldn't care less.