Naomi Campbell for GQ
In 2010, Naomi Campbell
faced a fair amount of scrutiny after she initially refused to testify in the war crimes tribunal against former Liberian president Charles Taylor
. The supermodel had, according to actress Mia Farrow, received a large, uncut diamond as a gift from the warlord—an incident Campbell denied when she eventually gave her testimony.
In a new interview with British GQ
(via Vogue UK
), Campbell spoke frankly about the experience, insisting, "I was afraid for my own life and I was afraid for the life of my family."
"If you hear someone has killed thousands of people—of course I was afraid! One more person is not going to make a difference. People forgot that I was a witness and thought I was a defendant," Campbell said.
But Naomi didn't let the negative press get to her. "They tried to affect my work. They said the fashion industry shouldn't use me. But what had I done wrong? They don't want to hear about that good person. They want that controversy. It's just business. Scandal is what sells."Browse Naomi Campbell's latest looks (click any thumbnail below):