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Naomi Campbell for Interview October 2010 by Mert & Marcus

Naomi Campbell brings a little controversy to Interview’s October issue with a dark and violent spread photographed by Mert & Marcus. Playing a dominatrix to male model Alex Kovas, Naomi appears as stern as ever in sleek black looks from the likes Lanvin, Gucci, and Bottega Veneta styled by Karl Templer.


  1. Anonymous

    September 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Knowing her violent history, and involvment in blood diamonds, is this really appropriate for her to do? Does not help her image whatsoever.

    • Jasovershenstvo

      September 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      Exactly. The tattoo on the boy’s chest says “let everything in the past be a dream”. She obviously wants to forget :)

  2. Sandro S

    September 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Absolutely gross and unnecessarily violent considering her history… Tacky.

    • Louise Lundqvist

      September 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm

      Thats what THE FUN IS ALL ABOUT

      • Bee

        October 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

        I think “FUN” is not the right word for Charles Taylor!! it’s ok to look at fashion magazine, but you should read some history books!!

    • sarinni

      September 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      Absolutely gross and unnecessarily violent. full stop

  3. Ryo Stylin'

    September 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Reminds me on Evangelista’s W spread no?

    • Nuclear Wintour

      July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      it’s by the same photographer, go figure.

  4. Igor Vander

    September 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Love it and hate it at the same time…Russian toilet is staged accurately. Tacky actually is not the word that comes to mind – the styling is flawless and she she looks phenomenal. However the setting and this guy with really ugly tattoos rolling on a nasty floor make me cringe.

  5. Bigler Steve

    September 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Aren’t we over her yet?

  6. Daddysgurl_3231

    September 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    i didn’t like this at all :/ It’s a bit disturbing considering her actual violent history… it’s like making a joke out of something serious, which isn’t funny at all. Completely gross, taste-wise.

  7. Anonymous

    September 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Don’t like at all + she is definitely not the person to do this..

  8. Rolex

    September 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I really like this

  9. The Jemani Group

    September 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Great story concept and something totally editorially new for her. Or something I’ve never seen from her. A successful reinvention for her as a editorial fashion icon.


    September 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Are those tattoos real? L-O-L.

  11. shifty

    September 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It’s a bit odd that her face isn’t changing in any of the shots, although possibly that’s intended.

  12. Stephen Dimmick

    September 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I LOVE pushed boundaries. Helmut Newton was often regarded as distasteful in his time by American standards and he’s considered one of the best fashion iconographers of the 20 century. BRAVO Mert & Marcus. STUNNING.

    • renam

      November 25, 2010 at 2:44 am


  13. Misnomer

    September 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I love this actually. Naomi is always fabulous.

  14. Rabb

    September 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I love this.

    Some of you guys need to lighting up..

  15. Nance

    September 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm


  16. guest

    September 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I like how people are butthurt over this but Misel portraying a woman getting groped in State of Emergency or trivializing the oil spill by putting feathered pieces in tar, THAS ART GUYS COME ON NOW.

  17. Dmw2011

    September 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I feel like this is a total rip from Steven Klein…

    • Memorexe

      September 29, 2010 at 12:14 am

      It’s actually an homage to David Cronenberg’s Russian mob movie “Eastern Promises”. There’s a similar scenario in a bathhouse with a heavily tattooed Viggo Mortensen. Also tongue in cheek as Naomi has relocated to Moscow to be with her millionaire Russian.

      • Anonymous

        September 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

        I wondered if someone found the reference. Good you say it Memorexe.

  18. Doen EnO

    September 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Disturbing, in a really awesome way.

    However I have to agree with the comment about how this doesn’t really help Naomi’s image… considering how much bad press she’s gotten.

  19. Larissa F.

    September 29, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I love it. It’s ironic, it’s sassy, sexy and eveything in between. And it’s also disturbing, which makes it even more brilliant. Officialy puts Mert and Marcus into my list of favourite fashion photographers. And also changes the way I used to see Naomi as a model. In love with this editorial.

  20. Dana Pennington

    September 29, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I agree with Larissa F. This completely changes the way I see Naomi. I have never been a fan but this is amazing. Art makes social commentary all the time. Fashion imagery should be no different. State of Emergency, Water and Oil, Dogging(even though I hate this one in particular), Sexual Revolution, Models Entering Rehab and countless others are all examples of it. It happens. People need to stop policing fashion to be so ultra-conservative and PC. Naomi is a social figure and I give her props for having the balls to do this. And you people make her sound like an axe murderer. She’s made mistakes and has problems, but this isn’t like OJ writing a book called “If I Did It.”

    • Memorexe

      September 29, 2010 at 5:21 am

      It’s sort of mind-blowing if you take it literally, after all, who is more vicious than the Russian Mob? And they have Naomi in their arsenal? I here David Cronenberg is actually making a sequel to “Eastern Promises” which this photo shoot is based on–they need to put one Ms. Campbell in that flick–even though I’m still mad about the blood diamonds, but the girl obviously is talented….

  21. Gina

    September 30, 2010 at 12:45 am

    This is disturbing and gross. I don’t think Naomi’s past actions should be put into the category of someone who has “made mistakes”…this woman is a piece of shit human being who actually has the nerve to physically harm other human beings. Glorifying that, especially in the name of fashion, is sickening. If she wasn’t thin and beautiful, I’m sure none of you would consider this “art”.

  22. Alafemmeblog

    October 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Love her or hate her, this editorial is executed beautifully!!

  23. Karla

    October 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Wow! amazing

  24. Karla

    October 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Wow! amazing


    October 6, 2010 at 6:12 am

    this audience clearly doesn’t appreciate visually stunning irony… well, some of us do

  26. G2

    July 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Huh. I thought this was shot by Steven Klein. Sure looks like his style…

  27. G2

    July 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Huh. I thought this was shot by Steven Klein. Sure looks like his style…

  28. Bibi Broderick

    February 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

    This was beautifully lit and the colors reminded me of the first Underworld movie.

  29. rich jackson

    August 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Naomi is an ICON! An iconic figure. Met he, LOVE! her too. Her mom is actually even MORE beautiful than she. She doesn’t have to worry about her image. the designers still want her to wear (the clothes) and promote their latest ad campaigns. That’s all tat matters in her business. Mert & Marcus are their usuall stellar worksmanship & creativity. Gt em’ Naomi! Mert & Marcus…all the BEST to you both!

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