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Up close and personal: Naomi Campbell bares it all in new book

British supermodel Naomi Campbell is in limelight again, this time because of her new limited-edition coffee table book, ‘Naomi’.

books Updated: Apr 22, 2016 09:51 IST
Campbell’s book, ‘Naomi’, is a signed limited-edition collector’s item that charts the meteoric success of her 30-year career in fashion.
Campbell’s book, ‘Naomi’, is a signed limited-edition collector’s item that charts the meteoric success of her 30-year career in fashion. (Instagram/Naomi Campbell)

British supermodel Naomi Campbell is in limelight again, this time because of her new limited-edition coffee table book, ‘Naomi’.

Campbell has joined forces with publisher Taschen on a signed collector’s item that charts the meteoric success of her 30-year career at the top of the fashion food chain. She has described it as “the culmination of my life’s work.”

The book is divided in two volumes, showcasing Campbell as styled and shot by famous photographers, and detailing personal anecdotes from her life. (Instagram/Naomi Campbell)

The two-volume work, which will be released on May 1, incorporates a photographic portfolio and an autobiographical text. Volume 1 showcases the star as styled and shot by famous photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Jean-Paul Goude, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber. Volume 2 pairs the model’s own anecdotes with family snapshots, personal notes, and photographs of friends and collaborators from her personal archives. The book’s casing features contoured artwork by Pop Art legend Allen Jones.

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Attending a launch for the book at Burberry’s London cafe Thomas’s this week, Campbell, who has a long history of working with the British heritage brand, said: “To be able to celebrate with my family and friends like Christopher Bailey and Benedikt Taschen, and so many people from my industry that have surrounded me for over 30 years was a great honor.”

Naomi Campbell and Benedikt Taschen at an event hosted by Naomi Campbell, Burberry and Taschen to celebrate the launch of ‘Naomi’. (Burberry)

Only 1,000 copies of the book, which can be pre-ordered from taschen.com for $1,750 until May 1, when it will retail for $2,500, have been printed, and according to the publisher they are selling fast. Taschen is also releasing 200 art edition copies, currently available for pre-order for $3,500 until May 1, when the price will rise to $5,000.

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Campbell isn’t the first fashion icon to mark her impressive career with a coffee table book -- Gisele Bundchen also teamed up with Taschen at the end of last year to honor her 20 years in the industry with a similar photo book venture. The 1,000 copy run of the $700 publication sold out before hitting the shelves, thanks to the pre-order system. Fellow supermodel Kate Moss arguably started the trend back in 2012 when she released “Kate: The Kate Moss Book”, a retrospective of her 25-year career.

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