The Sad Fall of a SupermodelAugust 20th, 2012
The word “supermodel” was born in the 1980s and intended to let us know right away, before we even had a name but just by the descriptive that they were models of the super kind, that certain women were better, more beautiful, more exquisitely human than the rest of us. These women, not surprising when you considered the world’s prejudiced aesthetic ideals, included a lot of white ladies, but a handful of Black beauties named Naomi Campbell, Gail O’Neill and Karen Alexander were also bestowed the lofty title.
Nearly three decades later, the Internet has effectively blown the lid of the super part of supermodel. Like Toto taking down the curtain and revealing that the Wiz of Oz was just Richard Pryor on a cot, the internet has shown us video of Kate Moss doing coke and looking desperate and, most recently, a photo of Naomi Campbell losing the battle with her hairline.
Weaves and braid extensions have never been a hairline’s best friend, but did no one tell Campbell that she might want to switch to wigs? Look at Brandi, Naomi! There’s a reason why she gave up her signature braids. Now, days after this photo was released, Campbell sashayed down the faux-runway of the Olympics Closing Ceremony, with a seemingly lush head of hair. But we knew the truth of what lurked underneath her headpiece: a head that needed some love, some relief and some added strands. Go ahead, Naomi, be super and get rid of that weave.