It had been 14 years since Naomi Campbell strutted down the runway for Versace at Paris Fashion Week, and the model spent weeks preparing for her big return.
"For ten days prior to the Versace show, I just drank juice—carrot, ginger, pineapple—to cleanse," the supermodel told The Edit.
Her method must have worked, because when she hit the catwalk the audience was left totally speechless.
"I was quite stunned at the reaction—I remember the room being quiet and I thought, 'Oh my God, they don't want me here!'" she shared, adding that the experience was "emotional."
Of course, the spectators were merely amazed by the 43-year-old's beauty, something you'd think she'd be used to since she's been wowing the world for nearly three decades.
And although she makes it seem effortless, she is adamant her job is not as breezy as it might appear. "I want people to really understand that the world of modeling is about, and how hard we work," she says.
Adding to her challenging career is her constant battle to try to up the presence of black models in the fashion industry.
"I do think there is still racism," she says. "Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn and I speak with each other and sometimes, I'm a little horrified with the things they tell me."
Not that she's letting that slow her down, she's been breaking barriers for almost 30 years and she shows no signs of stopping now.