She may not be throwing her Blackberry anymore, but Naomi Campbell still scares the sh!t out of some people — namely, Tyra Banks.
When Tyra stepped on the modeling scene, Naomi had already marked her territory on the catwalk and was known as the HBIC. But, the industry instantly pitted the two Black models against each other, claiming Banks was aiming to dethrone Campbell. Well, as you very well may have guessed, Na Na wasn’t having it and made life very hard for Tyra.
During a recent interview on the Norwegian-Swedish series Skavlan, Banks opened up about her tumultuous history with Campbell. “It wasn’t fair to Naomi, but her response was … to this day I’m very scared of her,” she continued. “I don’t want to go too deep into the past, but it was very difficult, like some of the lowest times of my life dealing with that.”
Yikes! Tyra went on to explain, “I don’t condone her actions and her response, but I understand where it comes from because the world is saying, ‘You’re not going to have your spot. We’re going to take your money, we’re going to take your fame. Go sit down, there’s somebody else.’”
Thankfully, Naomi eventually apologized on The Tyra Banks Show in 2014. “She kept saying it never happened and then there was a commercial break and then she came back and said, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ And, oh, my God, I just cried like a baby. To hear that after so many years of pain and dealing with it publicly … me having to leave agencies because of her … to hear that apology meant the world to me. She has no idea what that did for me.”
Check out the full interview, spotted at PageSix, below…