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04.18.2014
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What do you get when you pair Naomi Campbell with Hugo Chavez?

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CAMPBELL'S COUP: What do you get when you pair Naomi Campbell with Hugo Chavez? One amusing interview. For her debut piece in British GQ, newly minted contributing editor Campbell interviewed the Venezuelan president, and it appears she couldn't shut him up.

In a four-page interview, Chavez blows on about President Bush wanting to kill him, his vision for uniting South America by 2020 and how he thinks the world is seeing "the fall of the Empire [of the Eagle]" — referring to America. The interview will appear in the magazine's February issue, which hits newsstands Thursday.

Somehow Campbell succeeds in keeping the tone of the interview upbeat. In her introduction, she says that, over the course of her three meetings with Chavez, she discovered — go figure — that he loves to sing. "If he wasn't the president, he'd be a very successful Latin singer," she asserts. She also elicits Chavez's views on fashion: He believes Fidel Castro (whom Campbell once met) is the most stylish world leader because "his uniform is impeccable...and his beard is elegant."

While there is no doubt Campbell is a fan of Chavez, whom she calls a "rebel angel," a sidebar by GQ editor Dylan Jones tempers her reverent tone. Jones' piece, "The Other Side of Chavez," describes the politician as "a forked tongue sitting on a loose cannon." Lest anyone assume that Campbell is merely dabbling in the media, she already has an interview lined up with the star British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, set to be published in GQ's March issue. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast in the U.K. added the model has several further interview subjects in the pipeline for GQ — including another audience with Castro. — Nina Jones

DREAMY: There's a doctor in the house of Versace. Patrick Dempsey, aka Dr. McDreamy of "Grey's Anatomy," cuts a strikingly modern figure in Versace's spring ad campaign, set to bow in the February editions of select fashion and lifestyle magazines. The campaign was shot by Mario Testino last November in Los Angeles.

Dempsey wears a slim, two-button chocolate brown suit; a white button-down (true button-front for Quinn) shirt, and a deep purple tie in several of the images. The background is clean white, save for a few moody shadows.
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