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Wednesday, 2 February, 2000, 13:08 GMT
Naomi 'quits' top catwalks
Campbell finds the world's fashion shows "too stressful"
Supermodel Naomi Campbell says she has decided to stop strutting her stuff on the catwalks of London and New York - because she finds it too stressful.

In Sydney to launch a new fragrance, Campbell told reporters: "I'm not quite sure if I'm going to continue doing the shows all over the world, I think I'll just pick one out of each country.

Campbell at last year's London Fashion Show
"I'm definitely not doing New York and definitely not doing London, (but) Milan - I'll wait to see what happens." She added: "I find it really stressful."

The Streatham-born 29-year-old, who shot to fame 14 years ago, said she held back from the couture shows in Paris recently and was reassessing her workload.

She continued: "Doing 16 shows and then having to do fittings and dress rehearsals. I'm not saying poor me, I just find it very stressful and I want to chill out a bit more, so maybe it's about doing less."

Headline-grabber

Three years ago she hit out against what she said was prejudice in the fashion industry - claiming blue-eyed blondes got more jobs.

Former love: Flamenco superstar Joaquin Cortes
Campbell, who earns an estimated 1m a year, also criticised her industry for seeing black models as a trend one year and out the next.

She said: "The situation is ridiculous. One season they are not using black girls, then it's six or seven of us."

She grew up in a single-parent family - her father took no part in her upbringing - and had a grandmother who was half-Jamaican and half-Chinese and a grandfather from Sheffield.

Failed relationships

Hollywood star Robert De Niro, boxer Mike Tyson, former Benetton F1 boss Flavio Briatore, Spanish dancer Joaquin Cortes and U2's Adam Clayton - to whom she was once engaged - are among her former loves.

Brought to book: Campbell accused the fashion industry of prejudice
Last December she was among celebrities calling for Third World debt cancellation, adding her signature to the People's Millennium Book created by the Jubilee 2000 Coalition.

Referring to the world's poorest countries in her entry in the book, kept in London's Trafalgar Square, Campbell wrote: "You were robbed and blamed and now you're found. Justice will be done. Peace and love on earth, Naomi."

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