Naomi discovers what Hugo really thinks of Camilla

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What Naomi Campbell wants, she generally gets. The supermodel has areputation for being one of the fashion world's most demanding icons.

So it is perhaps not surprising that such grit and worldwide fame has landed the Streatham-born model, 37, with a prize job at the men's magazine GQ involving interviewing world leaders, fellow celebrity A-listers and global sporting stars. Or, for that matter, that Campbell's first scoop is a one-on-one audience with the controversial Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez.

In the interview, doubtless about to be dubbed "beauty meets the beast" by US Republicans, Mr Chavez pulls no punches with his glamorous counterpart who manages to get him to answer a wide range of questions with all the rhetoric that has made the Venezuelan President both loved and reviled in equal measure. From describing the President George Bush as "completely crazy" to the Cuban President Fidel Castro as "the most stylish world leader", Mr Chavez has handed Campbell a scoop for a magazine where she now acts as a "contributing editor".

Asked by Campbell to name the best-dressed world leader, the socialist president, who is a firm friend of Mr Castro, exclaimed: "Fidel, of course! His uniform is impeccable. His boots are polished, his beard is elegant."

There was little such high praise, however, for Mr Bush, who Mr Chavez once described as the "devil" during a speech at the United Nations in New York. The Venezuelan leader used his interview with Campbell to claim that Mr Bush is out to kill him and calls the US government "genocidal".

Seething with the type of anti-US sentiment that has made him so hated in Washington, Mr Chavez railed: "We are seeing the fall of the empire. When the world is in fear that's the first step before the fall." He then added, somewhat cryptically: "Like the fairy-tale, the emperor [George Bush] is naked. We've seen the emperor's ass."

Campbell is believed to have conducted the interview during a visit to Mr Chavez's Miraflores palace in Caracas in November. She also visited children in hospitals in the city on behalf of the Fund for Cuban Children, a charity set up by Fidel Castro.

It also appears that Mr Chavez was able to get a few questions of his own in during the interview and was keen to find out about Britain's monarchy, asking Campbell: "Do you know Prince Charles?" When the supermodel replied that she had met him and had also known Diana, Princess of Wales, Mr Chavez declared: "I like the Prince. Now he has Camilla, his new girl. She's not attractive is she?"

Mr Chavez also took the opportunity to defend his country's human rights record which has been criticised by human rights groups amid allegations of widespread police brutality, torture and censorship. "We don't have a single political prisoner," he claimed. "We have not shot anyone. I don't think there is any country in the world with more freedom of expression than here."

In a precursor to the main interview, Campbell explains why she wanted to see Mr Chavez, calling him a "rebel angel". "I'd always heard Hugo was a people's president and I wanted to see if that was true," she writes.

"I didn't want to judge, or probe him for his political views, even though he gave them freely. I simply went to interview Hugo the man."