Naomi Campbell
Naomi's abandonment issue stems from her childhood. Her mother, Valeria Morris, was a 19-year-old single mother when she had Naomi. In an attempt to give her a better life, Valerie says she left Naomi in someone else's care while she traveled the world and pursed her dream of being a ballerina.

"I do feel that I abandoned her," Valerie says. "Looking back on that, you know, you sort of realize that material possessions are not the only thing that a child needs. But, sometimes, that child needs its biological mother."

Valerie's words bring her daughter to tears. "What are the tears for?" Oprah asks.

"I don't know. Just my mom being here and her speaking about, you know, of course I understand the sacrifice she had to make," she says. "So for me, I guess, I want to do better. I want to be a better person. I'm not proud of the things I've done in my life, and I'm striving to be a better person and to find peace."

Naomi says she's trying to learn to surrender. "You have to trust. I like to control everything, and you cannot control everything. You have to at some point say, "I let go and I'm going to let the cards fall where they fall. ... For a control freak, it's hard."
FROM: Supermodel Naomi Campbell: The Career, the Controversy and Her New Love
Published on May 03, 2010
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