Why Christy Turlington’s A Doll And Naomi Campbell’s A Diva
We can only imagine what it was like to be Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington when they were living it up as supermodels in their early twenties jetting across the globe. While their fast-paced modeling lives were glamorous, their agent at the time, Carole White of Premier Model Management recently dished on what it was really like to work with the girls. The three are pictured above and appear very close, so close that at one point Campbell started referring to White as “mum” since she was always around to help solve her problems. She said of the duo, “these girls were a real phenomenon – they were earning up to Ł300,000 ($425k) for a campaign. Very few models make that sort of money now because the industry has changed.”
White weighed in on her experiences with Campbell and Turlington, and they’re pretty much what you’d expect to hear…
“Christy and Naomi are very different characters. Christy was a dream, very professional and calm, whereas Naomi was less disciplined and used to get me into trouble. Mostly it was because she was late, but sometimes she just didn’t turn up. I used to lie to her about what time she had to be at a job, but she soon worked that out, so I had to lie further. If the call time was 10am, I would tell her it was 8am so she would think it was 9am, but I still had to cross my fingers that she’d be on time. She missed planes too. Once after she missed a flight to Austria I had to organise a private jet to get her to the job because the money was so huge she had to be there.”
She went on to say, “another time a Dutch nursery named a rare black tulip after her and asked her to promote it. Hundreds of the flowers were driven to London in a refrigerated van to fill a studio. Naomi was supposed to lie in the middle of them for a commercial, but she didn’t turn up for the shoot – she was sick. These poor guys watched the tulips wilt in the studio and the ad never happened.”
Well, now there’s proof for what we already suspected: Christy is a doll and Naomi’s a diva.