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  • Naomi Campbell is so misunderstood! The reason she continues to model? Not for the cash, but so she can help younger black models in an industry full of racism: "I worry for the girls after me for the opportunities they get—the way they get treated. And this is one of the reasons I still do what I do." Which clearly explains why she used to get Tyra Banks thrown off fashion shows. [Reuters]
  • Project Runway is back on Wednesday for its last season on Bravo, with guest judges including Diane von Furstenberg, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Ohno, Brooke Shields, LL Cool J, RuPaul, Rachel Zoe, Cynthia Rowley and Francisco Costa. [The Cut]
  • Stephanie Seymour will be on the masthead as a fashion contributor when Interview re-launches in September. The fact that her husband owns the magazine might have helped her get the gig. [Fashionista]
  • Heatherette's Richie Rich is surging ahead with solo projects, including his shoe line, a compilation album with his own tracks alongside those by artists like Madonna and the Scissor Sisters, and a line for Hot Topic. No word on what his erstwhile partner-in-crime Traver is up to. [FWD]
  • French First Lady Carla Bruni, who is everywhere promoting her new album Comme si de rien n’était (As if Nothing Happened), is a true fashionista: She smokes and drinks during afternoon interviews and wears Dior Homme (whose other female fans include Ashley Olsen and Selma Blair) for her new promo shots. But incredibly, not everyone is desperate to dress her: When she asked Tunisian-born Azzedine Alaia to make her a dress for a visit to Tunisia, he refused, deeming the idea a cliché. [FT]
  • YSL muse and fashion icon Talitha Getty, who died of a heroin overdose at age 30 in 1971, still influences designers in an "oddly persistent afterlife." [Telegraph]
  • Quirky Finnish model Suvi is the new face of Calvin Klein Collection; opines Francisco Costa: "She really exudes a certain strength that echoes the overall look of the season." [WWD]