Naomi Campbell to appear on Russian New Year's show

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has flirted with novel writing and pop singing, but in her unlikeliest career move yet, she will appear Thursday on Russian state television to wish viewers a Happy New Year.

The British model, who has a Russian boyfriend, will appear as a guest on a New Year's light entertainment variety show on Channel One television, a spokeswoman for the channel told AFP.

The all-night show, a fixture of New Year's Eve celebrations in Russia which last year attracted more than a third of viewers in the country, runs around a speech by President Dmitry Medvedev and the chimes of the Kremlin clocktower.

In the show's trailer, Campbell stumbles over a simple question: Asked in Russian whether this is her first New Year's in Russia, she answers in English, "No, this is, yes, no, sorry," before bursting into laughter.

A spokeswoman for the channel, Svetlana Doronina, would not reveal whether Campbell will speak Russian on the show.

Campbell is shown in a silver sequinned dress, seated next to her boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, a businessman involved in real estate.

Their relationship was first reported in summer 2008, when British newspapers published photographs of the couple canoodling on a yacht.

The other international guests will include French actor Alain Delon and Greek pop star Demis Roussos, both of whom are popular in Russia.

Campbell has made appearances at charity events in Russia but has generally kept a low profile while visiting the country.

She has previously attempted to move away from modelling by publishing a novel, "Black Swan," in 1994 and releasing a pop album a year later, both of which were poorly received by critics.