Naomi Campbell talked with Vivienne Westwood about her infamous fall at Vivienne’s 1993 runway show. Naomi claims that since that bitch goes down moment, designers have asked her to bust her ass on purpose in order to get the publicity. Naomi said she would never, “As it goes against everything I stand for.”
Here’s that clip from 1993 of Naomi going up against some demonic heels from hell and failing:
Via Page Six:
“A couple of people, designers, asked me if I would fall for them. And I was like, ‘Why would you want me to fall unnecessarily?!’ ‘Press! The press that you got!’ But it wasn’t planned!” Campbell told Westwood. “They asked me if I would do it and I said, ‘Absolutely not, it goes against everything that I stand for. I’m not falling purposefully.’”
Naomi also confessed that it was not the right time of the month to fall. Which, okay. I mean, us regulars fall while having our periods all the time, it’s not THAT much more complicated.
Vivienne said that Naomi’s fall was beautiful and gazelle-like, which is nothing like the drunken fall I take while on my period.
For her part, Westwood thought Campbell’s iconic catwalk stumble was “fantastic.”
“It was really beautiful when you fell, it was like a gazelle,” the designer recalled, joking that she wouldn’t have had enough money to pay Campbell to stage a stunt at her show at that point in their careers.
The fall became such a defining moment in Campbell’s and Westwood’s careers, in fact, that the supermodel’s exact pair of platform shoes went up for action at the Bowes Museum in the UK in 2011.
Naomi claims the fall was not entirely her fault, as she was wearing rubber tights and those shoes were tough to walk in.
Vivienne went on talk about how the world is basically going to end in 10 years due to the debt crisis and climate change, and we should doing our part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. She also stated that people should be buying quality over quantity (especially in fashion) and I’m sure Forever 21 is probably saying, “Bitch, not the time.”
But back to the fall, Naomi says she should’ve practiced more, and walked more on her toes than her heels. After Naomi fell, she told Vivienne backstage that she was going to go back out there and conquer those stilt platforms. They gave her a walking stick to help her, but instead of using the stick, Naomi held it while flawlessly stomping down the runway without falling. During the interview, Naomi then pulled out that stick and raised it at Vivienne for putting her in those satanic rubber tights and shoes. No, Naomi would never (do that on camera)!
You can watch the whole interview here (the talk of the fall starts at around the 10-minute mark):