Naomi Campbell is about to embark on her second season of “The Face” and as the  first black model to grace the covers of Time Magazine and French Vogue, Campbell is not only a fashion icon, but is still paving the way for young models and designers today.

In an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Campbell talked about season 2 of The Face, and also opened up about Oscar winner and rising fashion icon Lupita Nyong’o.

When she was asked about Lupita’s rise and issues with colorism, Campbell understood what she spoke about.

“I understand where she’s [Nyong’o] coming from, I’ve heard it many times,” Campbell said. “But I never felt that. I felt like ‘what if I was blonde and blue-eyed? Would I have better opportunity for getting this job?’ Those things went through my mind…absolutely.  But look, she’s done it now and she didn’t have to do any of that to get to where she wanted to get to. She is an inspiration to all young women, especially African women.”

“The hope that she gives… I don’t think she knows how significant she is, and for what she’s done for so many young women all over the world.”

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