Naomi Campbell Tossed a $4190 Burberry Coat in an Airport Bin to Protect From COVID-19


If you’ve not yet witnessed the magic and mayhem that is Naomi Campbell’s full airplane routine, then we highly recommend skipping ahead to 2:30 of this YouTube video before reading on.

Upon boarding any plane, Campbell’s full airplane routine involves rubber gloves, hospital-grade disinfectant, a BYO blanket and a face mask, but in the time of COVID-19, it appears the supermodel is levelling up.

In a new YouTube vlog entitled ‘Protecting Myself Against Coronavirus’, the supermodel details her experience travelling interstate from Los Angeles back to her home of New York City.

Though she’s kept her disinfecting routine for around 17 years, Campbell admits in the video she’ll be taking extra measures to ensure she arrives home symptom-free.

She starts the routine still in her hotel room, suiting up inside a US $15.99 disposable coverall suit with a hood she purchased on Amazon. Pink rubber gloves and plastic goggles join the party, and she’s almost ready to go.

But before heading off to the airport, Campbell completes her look with a “lovely Burberry cape”. The Lambskin Trim Double-faced Cashmere Cape from the luxury brand retails in Australia for $4,190.

“I’m not doing this for laughs; this is how I feel comfortable travelling. If I do have to go, I’m going like this,” she says.

Before leaving her car, Campbell tucks her hair into the suit and pops on a mask and gloves. She shots a couple of vitamin sachets and finally heads into the airport.

Upon landing in NYC, she is relieved to be home. And while the majority of her outfit is disposable (fans were not happy about the model wearing equipment already in limited supply), commenters couldn’t help but wonder what measures she would go to to disinfect the cape, which requires “specialist dry cleaning”.

Musician Azalia Banks was one such ponderer. Commenting on Campbell’s Instagram post and referring to the cape she mistook as an airline-supplied blanket, she wrote: “Those don’t get washed thoroughly.”

Campbell replied: “Mine, now in airport garbage”. Naomi Campbell threw out a $4,000 cape. We’ll let that sink in.

While it’s absolutely good to look after oneself while travelling by wiping down hard surfaces in your seat and using recommended hygiene practices, Naomi Campbell’s airport routine is not deemed necessary by experts in the fight against coronavirus.

The Australian Government Department of Health recommends the following steps to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate

The current health crisis is evolving rapidly. If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

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