Fierce. Fiesty. Fabulous. Those are just a few words to describe April cover star Naomi Campbell. At 43, the supermodel is still just as sought after in the fashion industry as ever before. And as she embarks on a new season as executive producer and co-star of The Face (essentially America’s Next Top Model 2.0), the star buckled down to chat about her struggles, success, and slim-body secrets.
If there’s one thing we learned from Campbell, it’s that her journey to superstardom wasn’t easy. She’s battled discrimination in the industry, saying that the color of her skin has been a challenge her entire career. “But I learned if you don’t accept no for an answer, you often get a yes.” Her achievement, of course, partially stems from her fit physique, which she owes to her clean eating and devout exercise routine.
While juicing is certainly a part of her diet, she does not deprive herself. “I don’t believe in starving myself. I’ve never done it, and I never will,” she says. “I’m even more active when I’m juicing, doing both yoga and Pilates every day.” Otherwise, her eating plan is as clean as it gets, kicking off with hot water and lemon plus an intense yoga session while including vegetable juices, herbal tea, and salads with fish or steak.
Still, every woman—supermodel or not—has her indulgences. For Campbell, it’s a chocolate bar in England called Galaxy that she says she can’t give up. Something she learned she could give up, though? Her decades-long addiction to smoking. “People told me that cigarettes are harder to quit than alcohol,” she says. “I didn’t believe it, but you know what? It is harder.” She still struggles to stay off the smokes with the help of a nicotine patch.
To stay fit and balanced, Campbell says she practices yoga for at least an hour most days of the week. But, like all of us, the model finds herself in need of a speedy routine when she can’t fit in a regular session. For her 10-minute workout routine, plus more on her favorite exercises and simple beauty advice, pick up the new issue of Shape, on newsstands and iPads nationwide on March 24.