We Should Have Listened to Naomi

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This summer, the world laughed at supermodel Naomi Campbell’s thorough airport cleansing routine. But who’s laughing now? What the supermodel does on planes is probably what we should’ve been doing all along, and especially now in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

A quick refresher for those of you who missed her tutorial: The first thing Campbell does when she finds her (presumably first-class) seat is pull out a pair of surgical gloves and wipe her entire area down with Dettol disinfecting wipes. “Clean everything you touch, and anything that you could possibly touch,” she says as she rips the television remote out of its socket and gives it a good scrub. “Everything,” she repeats.

She then covers her seat with a blanket — she has a collection of them in “fun” colors, like pink and turquoise, and asks whatever hotel she’s staying at to give them a good hand-washing when she arrives. Finally, she does her “hydration” skin-care routine before putting on the pièce de résistance: a face mask and her gigantic sunglasses. “No matter what plane you take, private or commercial, as the plane descends, people start coughing and sneezing,” she explains. She can’t even. Naomi Campbell cannot even.

Is Naomi Campbell a germaphobe? Maybe. But call her what you want. “I don’t care what people think of me,” she says in the video. “It’s my health and it makes me feel better.”

And she’s taking her health seriously these days. On Wednesday, Campbell shared a photo of herself at the airport on Instagram wearing a full hazmat suit, gloves, face mask, and goggles. She also carried a matching white suitcase, because even in these dire times, you can still make an effort to look cute.

According to Campbell’s post, a more detailed YouTube video is in our future. Get ready to take notes.

We Should Have Listened to Naomi Campbell