EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Campbell reveals she is perimenopausal after suffering ‘hot flush’ in The Super Models – as directors recall capturing candid moment for new AppleTV+ docuseries
- The British born model, 53, is seen getting flustered on the set of a photoshoot
- Director Larissa Bill stated: ‘To see these women in these moments is amazing’
- Mom-of-two opens up alongside fellow supermodels in upcoming documentary
The Apple TV+ docuseries sees the runway icon open up about her game-changing career alongside fellow super models Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington – as the legendary stars reflect on how they came to dominate the fashion industry.
During the start of the fourth episode, Naomi, 53, is seen getting flustered on the set of a photoshoot as she exclaims: ‘I think I’m going through menopause. It’s pre-early menopause.’
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com about getting to capture the fashion superstar in such a candid moment, director Larissa Bill stated: ‘It’s such a real moment, isn’t it? To see these women in these moments where you’re like, “Oh, that’s so relatable…and that’s Naomi Campbell”. It’s so amazing.’
The London-born model is seen looking sweaty and flustered in the relatable moment as she huffs: ‘I just got into a furnace.’
A male voice is then heard asking if she is okay, to which she responds: ‘No, I think I’m going through menopause. It’s pre-early menopause. Pre-menopause.’
When asked if she would like a ‘little bit of wind’ to help her cool down, the model replies: ‘There’s nothing you can do. It just happens. S**t, Lord.
‘One minute, I’m fine. Next minute, just this furnace comes up… why do men not get menopause?’
Co-director Roger Ross Williams added: ‘Naomi obviously goes through menopause, like every woman.’
Perimenopause is the stage before the menopause. During this time your hormones start to change but your periods have not yet stopped for good.
It usually happens in women between the ages of 45 and 60 and can last for a few months or several years. Once you haven’t had a period for 12 months or more, you’ve officially reached the menopause.
The mother-of-two is also heard saying in a confessional interview: ‘Aging, your body changes and everything changes…
‘There have been times when I said “Okay I’m gonna slow down, I’m gonna pull out. But… my energy is still the same.”‘
Naomi surprised fans around the world when she announced she had welcomed her first child in May 2021.
Offering a first look at her new arrival with a picture of her baby girl, whose name has still not been revealed, Naomi penned: ‘A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother.
‘So honored to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love.’
In June 2023, the British fashion star shared the news on social media that she had welcomed her second child, saying ‘it’s never too late to become a mother’.
Posting a photo of the child, Naomi could be seen cradling the baby boy while her daughter, two, held his hand.
Explaining how they managed to get the private models to open up like never-before in the new documentary, Larissa stated: ‘Roger and I had met with each of them prior to filming, just on our own without cameras. I think helped set this kind of safe zone… I think we managed to have a really nice bond going there during those interviews.’
The docuseries had been in the works for some time before Roger and Larissa were approached to direct in 2021, with the pair jumping at the chance to help the Supers tell their story.
Roger admitted: ‘I grew up with these women. This is so exciting for me to be able to help them tell their stories really because we haven’t. We hadn’t heard from them directly. We’ve only heard their stories filtered through the media, and they got a chance to own their own stories and tell their own stories. And that’s the beauty of it.’
Elsewhere in the documentary, the models discuss the fact Naomi was held back at the start of their careers due to racism she faced in the industry.
Despite now being known as the queen of the catwalk, the model was repeatedly ignored by fashion designers when it came time to book models for their runway shows.
The tide officially began to turn when the likes of Christy and Linda refused to walk unless their friend was booked for the job as well.
Reflecting on the way the models helped each other’s careers at a time when others would have expected them to be more competitive, Larissa stated: ‘ I liken it to being at camp.
‘They’re young, in their teens, going to this sort of amazing camp where they’re thrown together in these really crazy situations with a lot of people and in a new environment, and that creates a lifelong bond.’
The documentary also gave the models a chance to share their side with regards to the stigma that they became ‘divas’ due to their meteoric success.
‘Do they say that about a man like Elon Musk, the richest guy in the world,’ Roger said in defense of the models. ‘It’s crazy. As Naomi talks about in the film, if you stand up for yourself, you get labeled as a b***h, you get labeled as difficult. If any man who stands up for himself, that’s fine. But as black woman, no.’
The new series also sees Evangelista break down in tears as she admits that she thought she ‘deserved’ to be left ‘disfigured’ by a botched cosmetic surgery.
The Supermodels is available to stream on Apple TV+ from September 20.