Naomi Campbell thought Harry Styles was one of her friends’ children she had “missed out on” when they met.
The British supermodel tries to keep up with popular culture, but is so busy that some trends pass her by. Last year she was one of a number of fashion stars who were asked to appear at the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony, which is where she met the One Direction singer for the first time.
“I met the lead one, what’s his name?” she told British magazine Heat. “Yes [Harry], Kate [Moss] introduced me to him at the Olympics. And I said to Kate, ‘Whose son is he? Is he one of our model friends’ kids that I just missed out on?’ I didn’t know who he was. And Kate was like [puts on a high voice], ‘Stop! No! You must know him!’”
She may not have realized who the curly haired star was, but Naomi is familiar with his music. Harry and his bandmates Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne found fame on UK TV show The X Factor, with music mogul Simon Cowell taking credit for their success.
“I have [heard their tracks],” she insisted. “And I’m a big fan of Simon Cowell. Everything he touches turns to gold and he gives people who have hopes a chance to really make their dreams come true.”
Although she was nonplussed when it came to meeting Harry, there are some stars Naomi gets excited by. That said, she never shows she is that interested.
“Of course I get star struck. But I don’t run up to the person, I just look from afar,” she explained. “I saw Michael Douglas’ dad Kirk in Cipriani in New York once. He said, ‘Come here, young lady!’ I was like, ‘Oh. My. God.’”
Naomi also opened up about her home life. While she enjoys watching reality TV where possible, it can be hard as she jets around the world so much and she hates hearing what has happened in a show before she’s tuned in.
As far as relaxing goes, the star tries to have lie-ins once a week, but is strict about what that entails.
“Crisps? No, because I’m a neat freak – I don’t want crisps in my bed!” she said. “I don’t want the feeling when you get in your nice clean sheets and think, ‘What’s that b****y thing sticking to me?’ So crackers and crisps are banned.”
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