Supermodels Naomi Campbell, Anok Yai, Imaan Hammam, and Kendall Jenner star on the covers of V Magazine‘s Summer 2021 Supernova edition lensed by fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti. In charge of styling was George Cortina, with set design from Jack Flanagan. Beauty is work of hair stylists Bob Recine (Anok, Imaan, Kendall) and Lucas Wilson (Naomi), makeup artist Diane Kendal, and manicurist Honey.
I mean, to be with the young ones is always a little scary because I’m 50 [years old]. But ultimately, for me, it’s about being comfortable in my own skin. I think Imaan Hammam is fantastic. Anok, I absolutely adore. I love seeing all of this diversity now; it makes me happy. We’ve still got a lot of things we’ve got to fix but it’s nice to see that it’s becoming a normality. And of course, you know how much I love Bethann Hardison and Iman who have also fought for the diversity that we are now seeing. – Naomi Campbell
I’m noticing a lot of “the first Black creative to do this, the first Black creative to do that,” it makes me think, “This whole time, you’ve never had a Black person do this?” I constantly get asked this question of, “Do you think there should be more inclusivity on the runway?” And I tell them, “This is not a question for the models.” Because I can only do so much. It has to be up to casting directors and creatives to decide that. But also, I feel like my way of changing that is that I make an effort to hire as many people of color as I can to be on my team. Whether it’s glam or finance or photography, everything. Whenever I see someone talented, and people don’t appreciate their art, I’m like, ‘Let’s work together. I’ll bring you up with me and we can do this together.’ – Anok Yai
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