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August 30, 2016 10:58 AM EDT

Former supermodel Naomi Campbell recently revealed in a cover interview with Paper Magazine how she got in character for a recent music video.

The video for the song “Drone Bomb Me,” by Anohni, features Campbell sitting in a chair, singing the lyrics of the song with tears streaming down her face.

When asked how she was able to perform such an emotional role, Campbell told Paper, “I used past experiences to get there, to imagine if I was living in a place that was having drones and bombs dropped on me.”

“I just tried to go to that place, because I had to deliver,” she said.

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Campbell was the first black model on the cover of French and British Vogue, and has used her fame to campaign for more diversity in the fashion world. Yet she is glad that her career has evolved off of the runway. “I feel very blessed for the opportunity to be able to express myself in a different way,” she told Paper Magazine. In addition to her music video appearances, she has had guest roles on the hit shows Empire and American Horror Story. She said that the public hasn’t always been supportive of models who attempt crossover careers. “To be so supported, I really didn’t think that would happen.”

Read the full interview at Paper Magazine.

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