Naomi Campbell Added an Edgy New Element to Her Signature Sleek Hairstyle

We're talking about side-swept bangs, to be specific.

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It’s official: I’m starting a rumor that Blink-182’s “What's My Age Again?” was inspired by the four icons featured in Apple TV+ documentary The Super Models. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista, you are all absolutely timeless. 

To give this little rumor even more weight, Campbell recently stepped out with a look entirely reminiscent of the emo style that came out of the ‘90s grunge movement. You know the one: A band tee layered over a long sleeve shirt, skinny jeans, studded belts.

The piece de la resistance, as you might recall, was the hair: a deep side part paired with swoopy bangs. While Naomi decided to forgo the signature outfit (she’s partial to her couture, although there’s no doubt she could rock it), she did give the hairstyle a spin. 

During The Super Models, which was released on September 20, the models opened up about what grunge—in its departure from the glamour so associated with their career—meant to them.

“Oh, the grunge movement. I got scared there. I got scared I didn’t belong,” Evangelista said in Episode 3 of the documentary. Turlington agreed. “‘Oh there’s the end, supermodels in grunge, what is that?’” she said, echoing a popular sentiment of the time.

Nevertheless, Campbell could—and still can—make anything work. The mother of two showed off the hairstyle for the first time at MC and rapper Skepta’s MAINS streetwear show during London Fashion Week. Like the pros (ie. Tumblr stars of the early aughts or Kourtney Kardashian-Barker in recent memory) do it, the bangs partially hid half of her face, with a pair of sunglasses helping to finish the job. The bangs' presence was amplified by a black double-breasted Alexander McQueen jacket. 

It’s worth noting that Naomi’s hair was glossy as ever. I shouldn't come as a surprise: Her style is decade-bending. 

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.