Scandalous New Fashion Affair Involving Naomi Campbell, Explained With GIFs
Naomi Campbell's ex-boyfriend is now apparently dating one of the contestants she mentored on modeling show The Face. Get your popcorn ready.
Our sordid story of lust and betrayal* begins last July, as auditions opened for would-be contestants on new modeling reality show The Face.
One of the model hopefuls: Chinese beauty queen Luo Zilin (going by Zi Lin for the show).
Zi Lin won the Miss Universe China pageant in 2011.
And placed fifth overall in that year's Miss Universe competition.
Zi Lin showed enough model potential to make it through The Face's pre-show audition process.
She probably made faces like this to convince the casting directors.
So "k00t" and kooky.
And she landed a coveted spot on Naomi Campbell's team of model contestants.
This is a big deal. Why? Because Naomi Campbell is a big deal, that's why.
Zi Lin performed well on the show. Case in point: these sassy dance moves.
And this stunning beauty shot.
Notably, during an interview challenge with Wendy Williams, Zi Lin refused to discuss her then-boyfriend, because he's "famous in China."
Of Naomi's four contestants, she lasted the longest — and made the show's grand final.
She was a real fan favorite. And she even got a big hug from Naomi at one point.
Well, as it happens, you could ask for... Naomi's boyfriend.
Page Six reported that Naomi and Vladimir Doronin, her Russian oligarch boyfriend of five years, were "on a break" last month.
Neither party has commented on the alleged split. However, recent photos show Vlad and Zi Lin vacationing together.
That's fine, though, because Naomi doesn't like rocks. Right?
Here they are on a superyacht.
But that's also fine, because Naomi doesn't like boats with big, noisy engines. Right?
And here they are lounging on bean bag chairs.
Still with us, Naomi?
Oh, wait, no, now they're kissing. Straddling and kissing.
And this is Naomi's face right now.
Or at least it was when she first read the news. Naomi recently tweeted the following:
(She's a regular tweeter of inspirational "#omiquotes," but it's hard to believe this missive didn't come with a particular subject in mind.)
Fellow "Team Naomi" contestant Jocelyn added:
(Incidentally, one of Zi Lin's last tweets — made only a week before the kissy-kissy photos broke — wished Naomi a happy birthday.)
Naomi didn't tweet this gif, but she should have:
Because of "unprofessional conduct," Zi Lin has now been dropped by her New York agency.
MIX Models president told The Daily Mail: "[Zi Lin's] contract with MIX Model Management NYC was terminated last week due to ongoing unprofessional conduct and unacceptable work ethic." (Vlad remains a billionaire, so there'll likely be fewer consequences for him.)