The coronavirus pandemic is forcing models to become more involved with their photoshoots.
As magazines transition to images shot from home, Naomi Campbell can now call herself a photographer whose work has published on the cover of Essence magazine. The subject? Herself, of course.
The supermodel, who will celebrate her 50th birthday later this month, graces the glossy’s 50th anniversary cover with a self-portrait.
“It was a very special honor and unusual experience for me to be able to shoot and style my own cover for Essence’s 50th Anniversary Issue. On my iPhone,” she wrote on Instagram.
“While it was a sad reminder for me of all the people in media and production who are not able to work due to the coronavirus, it also brought me hope and encouragement to know that our people and our infrastructures are resilient. We are rooted in knowledge and creativity and continue to take back full control of our narratives. We will come out of this stronger than ever.”
Campbell wears a vintage Chloé dress from her own closet on the cover, which she styled herself — along with the rest of her shoot.
In addition to turning out incredible photoshoots from home, Campbell’s been holding regular Instagram Live sessions with friends and is still filming content for her YouTube channel.
Eagle-eyed fans recently noticed, however, that the super has had some help: the reflection of a figure dressed in a hazmat suit can be spotted in a video in which Campbell discusses her favorite Met Gala looks.