Full interview to be broadcast on "CNBC Meets" series on CNBC World on Saturday, October 1st at 5:30 PM ET.
Following are excerpts from the unofficial transcript from a CNBC Exclusive interview with Naomi Campbell on the "CNBC Meets" series that is scheduled to air on CNBC World on Saturday, October 1st at 5:30 pm ET.
In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Naomi Campbell speaks about her childhood, her early breakthrough into modeling and how her lifestyle caused her to take time out from the industry, confront her demons and consider her future. With unprecedented access, host Tania Bryer takes Naomi back, for the first time, to the house where she grew up in Streatham and travels to LA to the home of music legend Quincy Jones – a father figure and mentor to Naomi – for an exclusive insight into what motivates and inspires her.
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ON HER CHILDHOOD AND APPEARING IN A BOB MARLEY VIDEO:
TANIA BRYER: AGE 5 OR 6 YOU WERE ALREADY APPEARING IN THE BOB MARLEY VIDEO 'THIS IS LOVE.' DID YOU GET A TASTE FOR THE LIMELIGHT THEN?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: IT WAS JUST FUN TO BE OUT OF SCHOOL AND BEING TAUGHT IN A ROOM WHERE WE WERE WORKING. WE ALWAYS HAD TUTORS ON THE JOBS WE HAD TO DO. I AM VERY BLESSED THAT I CAN SAY THAT I WORKED WITH HIM. I MET HIM. I ACTUALLY HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM AND I. HE WAS A BIG INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE. HE WAS A BIG INFLUENCE IN MY FAMILY AND HIS MUSIC. MY FAMILY ARE JAMAICAN. I REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW I FELT BACK THEN. I FELT AFRAID AS I THOUGHT HIS HAIR WAS WORMS OR SNAKES I CANT REMEMBER WHAT I SAID AND I DIDN'T WANT TO GO NEAR THEM. I WAS LIKE 'NO NO NO' AND HE WAS LIKE 'TOUCH THEM TOUCH THEM'. I REMEMBER I FINALLY GOT THE COURAGE AND THE NERVE TO TOUCH HIS DREADLOCKS AND FOUND OUT THEY WERE HAIR. BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND YOU KNOW AT THAT TIME.
ON HER EARLY BREAKTHROUGH INTO MODELING:
TANIA BRYER: NAOMI WHEN YOU WERE 15 YOU WERE IN COVENT GARDEN WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND BETH BOLT FROM SYNCHRO MODEL AGENCY CAME UP TO YOU AND ASKED IF YOU WANTED TO JOIN THE AGENCY. WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU EVER CONSIDERED?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: NO, NOT AT ALL AND I ACTUALLY DIDN'T THINK SHE WAS TALKING TO ME WHEN SHE ASKED IF I'D EVER MODELED OR WOULD I LIKE TO MODEL. I THOUGHT SHE WAS TALKING TO MY LOVELY FRIEND WHO HAD LONG BLONDE HAIR, BEAUTIFUL BANGS. AND SHE LOOKED AND SAID ' NO YOU!' I FELT KIND OF AWKWARD WITHIN MYSELF AT THAT POINT BODY WISE AS I WAS JUST GOING THROUGH PUBERTY. LANKY AND ACNE TEENAGE SPOTS AND YOU KNOW, WHATEVER ELSE HAPPENS AT THAT TIME.
ON BREAKING BARRIERS:
TANIA BRYER: DID YOU ALSO FEEL THAT YOU WERE BREAKING THROUGH FOR OTHER WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE INDUSTRY?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: I DIDN'T REALIZE, I KNEW I WAS THE FIRST BLACK MODEL, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THE DEPTH OF THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HOW WOMEN OF COLOR WERE TREATED. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. AFTER WHEN IT CAME OUT AND THE REACTION TO IT I REALIZED IT WAS AN ACHIEVEMENT FOR WOMEN AND MY RACE.
ON HER BATTLE WITH ADDICTION IN 1999:
TANIA BRYER: WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU THAT YOU FELT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AT THAT TIME?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: NOT FEELING GUILT FOR TAKING TIME OUT. NOT FEELING LIKE I WAS MISSING SOMETHING. AND THE CHALLENGE WAS TO GO BACK AND FACE SOMETHING I HADN'T DEALT WITH. ITS SCARY FOR ANYONE LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND TRIES AND DEALS WITH THEM AND LEAVES THAT BAGGAGE THERE AND MOVES FORWARD WITH CLARITY AND IN A FRESH WAY...IT FELT GOOD, BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU DO IT DOES CATCH UP WITH YOU. IT COULD BE ANYTHING, IT COULD BE OVERWORKING, IT COULD BE ANYTHING THAT BECOMES COMPULSIVE.
TANIA BRYER: BUT YOU NAOMI, WHAT MADE YOU READY?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: LIKE I SAID BEFORE, I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO WORK, I DIDN'T FEEL GOOD. I JUST LOST MANY FRIENDS. I WAS JUST DONE, I WAS PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DRAINED.
ON HER HIGHLY PUBLICIZED TEMPER TANTRUMS:
TANIA BRYER: ARE THERE ANY THINGS THAT YOU REGRET NAOMI THAT YOU...
NAOMI CAMPBELL: NO. THE THINGS THAT I'VE SAID AND DONE I APOLOGIZED, I ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY. I DID MY COMMUNITY SERVICE.
QUINCY JONES: FOR A LONG TIME I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE THINGS THAT WERE GETTING IN HER WAY. KEEPING HER FROM HAVING A BETTER LIFE. IT WAS ANGER MANAGEMENT.
TANIA BRYER: WAS IT A TIME OF REFLECTION. YOU CAN FEEL WELL YES I DID THAT, I UNDERSTAND.
NAOMI CAMPBELL: THERE IS NO REASON FOR DOING THAT SO ITS MORE OF UNDERSTANDING AND SEEING A PATTERN THAT YOU HAVE TO BREAK.
TANIA BRYER: AND YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BROKEN THAT?
NAOMI CAMPBELL: WORK IN PROGRESS!
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