Naomi Campbell labels ‘crazy’ talk a barrier to beating blues
NAOMI CAMPBELL wants people to be more careful when it comes to hurling the word ‘crazy’ about as an insult.
The supermodel explained how careless judgement from others can compound problems suffered by someone who is secretly struggling with mental health issues.
‘People have such a mentality of, “Oh, they’re crazy!”. That’s just not it,’ the catwalk queen, 46, told Guilty Pleasures.
‘There’s many different causes and strains of mental health,’ she added. ‘Many different reasons of what has happened to them.’
On tackling erratic behaviour, the star said: ‘You can’t just point a finger and say, “That person is crazy”. Everyone is born differently with different DNA.’
The stigma still engulfing mental health issues prevents some sufferers from seeking help, she added. ‘So many people are afraid to come out and say it,’ she said.
She has had first-hand experience in exploring some of those issues after playing alcoholic single mother Rose on US TV show Star.
‘All characters are challenges. I like Rose, she has gone through a lot and now is just trying to hold on to her family,’ said Naomi. ‘Everything is falling apart. She is now trying to make up for the time when she wasn’t such a great mother and trying to be in her daughter’s life and she’s having to compromise a lot. She’s had to bite the bullet and accept where her daughter will let her be.’
As for her venture into TV acting, she said: ‘Right now, everyone is watching television, so it is great to be a part of that. I am enjoying it a lot.’
She has teamed up with Diesel to design Child At Heart T-shirts to raise funds for her Fashion For Relief charity, which supports children worldwide.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth