The supermodel revealed her first taste of extravagant fashion came after her obsession with 1980s British band Culture Club encouraged her to recreate the look of quirky frontman George - leading her to realise she had real potential to go far.
She explained to Elle magazine: ''I think when I thought that I didn't look too bad, is when I was a huge Culture Club fan and I used to get hats and stick them on with sellotape - and all the braids - so that I'd look like Boy George. And that's when I thought I was OK.''
The 42-year-old beauty is set to star in new model-search reality TV show 'The Face' and Naomi's co-judge, Canadian model Coco Rocha, confessed that she didn't see herself as attractive until she left behind her ''dorky'' high-school years and she still finds the male attention as ''fascinating''.
She said: ''One thing is kind of fascinating about models. Most of us were the dorky, nerdy kid in school - probably not everyone, but a huge percentage of us. No one liked you.
''Boys didn't want to date you. I was an Irish-dancing nerd. Sometimes you still go, 'Wow, really? That's so fascinating', because here I am that girl, still that girl inside that feels like I'm still that dancing nerd.''