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Campbell has contended with image issues practically since she first stepped in front of a camera, back in her late ‘80s-early ‘90s glory days when she, along with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista _ “The Trinity” _ were rumored to not get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.

She has acknowledged past drug addiction and said on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” earlier this year that she struggled with anger management and abandonment issues. She has pleaded guilty in two assault cases and another incident in which she cursed and kicked two police officers at London’s Heathrow airport.

Yet, she remains one of the world’s most recognizable and popular models.

It’s not like the fashion industry hasn’t forgiven its favorite faces before: Five years ago, Kate Moss’ photo allegedly snorting cocaine appeared in a tabloid newspaper and some started writing her off. This year, Forbes ranked Moss as the third top-earning model.

Campbell succeeded Moss just a few years ago in the coveted Yves Saint Laurent campaign.

Last February, when she coordinated the Fashion for Relief charity runway show to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti, designers, celebrities and other models lined up to participate.

The media, especially the British media, isn’t always kind to her, but, said Clifford, she has enjoyed a very successful career.

Media antipathy to Campbell stretches back many years. “She doesn’t have a lot of time for them (the media) and she seems to be someone who’s got a very short fuse,” Clifford said. “It’s not a combination that works very well.”

The public hasn’t fully turned on her, though. “She is one of those larger than life characters _ there’s always some drama around Naomi Campbell _ and we all love to read about her and gossip about her and we almost expect drama from her,” observes Morrison.

Taylor’s trial will be out of the headlines soon enough, she adds. “Look, this is a culture with a very, very short attention span. In England, we say, `Today’s newspaper wraps tomorrow’s fish and chips.’”


Associated Press writer Jill Lawless contributed to this report from London.