Naomi opens up about modelling

London: Naomi Campbell has opened up about her 25-year-long glittering yet controversial career.

The 40-year-old British supermodel talked about her illustrious career with New York art gallery owner Tony Shafrazi for the Interview Magazine.

Naomi was discovered while out shopping in London at the age of 15 and appeared on the cover of Elle the following year.

Soon she was gracing catwalks all over the road, while becoming part of the group of girls - Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Helena Christensen - who would become the world’s first ``supermodels``.

“You know, none of us ever cared about this word supermodel. It was just a kind of terminology that the press came up with for whatever reason,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

She also said she remains loyal to the designers - Gianni Versace, Azzedine Alaïa, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld - that put her and her friends on the fashion map and supported the start of their careers.

Naomi has often been labelled as a diva, with reports of her arriving hours late for shoots and throwing temper tantrums.

Though, she admitted that she was ``a challenge``, she said she also tries to learn from her mistakes.

“Look, I’m controversial. It’s not that people don’t know who I am. If people want to work with me, then they want to work with me. If they don’t, they don’t,” she added.

On asking about her future ventures, she simply stated, “``I just want to be quiet. I just want to live my life.”