Modeling super agent Carole White pops up every few months to talk about the industry and particularly Naomi Campbell, her former charge and current nemesis. She wrote a piece for The Telegraph yesterday called “Carole White Recalls Happier Times With Naomi Campbell,” which is actually mostly about Naomi making a shitload of money in the early ’90s and also that time she accepted blood diamonds.
Anyway, at one point Carole’s focus splinters and she discusses the difference between good girl Christy Turlington and the more challenging Naomi, which is underscored by a little anecdote about the time Naomi killed a truckload of rare Dutch tulips. Read:
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… 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.
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.
Naomi Campbell: Tulip Killer. When will the madness stop?