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04.20.2014
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Naomi Campbell seems to have made it her mission to get the scoop on South America's political elite.

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CAMPBELL'S NEXT SHOT: Naomi Campbell seems to have made it her mission to get the scoop on South America's political elite. Her interview with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — Campbell's first as British GQ's newest contributing editor — appeared in the magazine earlier this month, and the model has her sights set just as high for her future interview subjects.

A meeting with Fidel Castro is already in the works (Campbell first met the Cuban president in the Nineties) and now sources say Argentina is next on her hit list. Word is the model hopes to nab Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who was elected president of Argentina in December, for a grilling. Since Campbell and Chavez are said to be dating following their tête-à-tête, perhaps he's employing her to facilitate his vision of uniting South America, which he detailed at length in his interview with the model. And, while the chic Kirchner, if she grants an interview, is bound to talk fashion with Campbell, will she dish about the maletinazo, or "suitcase scandal," a mysterious hoard of cash the U.S. alleges was meant as an illegal contribution to her campaign? The allegation has caused America's relations with Argentina to deteriorate and brought Kirchner and Chavez closer together. — Nina Jones

STEPPING OUT: Sigerson Morrison is rolling out its first ad campaign in February fashion magazines, thanks to a cash infusion from Marc Fisher LLC, a Greenwich, Conn.-based footwear firm that purchased a majority stake more than a year ago. A spokeswoman noted the media buy will "start small," adding that the company plans to allocate $500,000 a season. The first images, which were shot by Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Templer, will be seen in Vogue, and internationally in Paris Vogue, Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Another and i-D. Baron also worked on creating a new brand identity for the company. "The moment we decided to grow in this direction, we thought of Fabien," said Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison. "We knew he and his talented team would help us find the visual language to explain to the indoctrinated who we are and what we are about. We also knew that he would give us the most amazing images that would be perfect for us." Baron also encouraged the brand to feature German model Hartje Andresen in the ads. "He really pushed for her, so we said yes. I mean, how do you say no to Fabien?" — Amy Wicks
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