According to a Caracas newspaper, Naomi Campbell was wearing a "revolutionary and exquisite white dress from the prestigious Fendi fashion house" when she to met Hugo Chavez at the Miraflores palace in Caracas on Tuesday. President Chavez wore a baggy red shirt.
Better known for her tantrums than her political stance Campbell allied herself with Mr Chávez during a trip to Brazil. At an appearance before local business leaders in Sao Paulo she reportedly said: "I hate Bush." It is not clear, however, whether this statement related to the President of the USA or her views on waxing. Nevertheless, an invitation to Venezuela was secured shortly afterwards.
If Chávez was expecting a leftist firebrand he will have been disappointed by the model's comments to reporters on arriving at the presidential palace. "I'm not here to be political," she said, before revealing that this was not her first visit to Venezuela. It was, it emerged, her second. "You have a huge country," she purred, "very beautiful, with big waterfalls."
Perhaps President Chavez has seen the downside of allying himself with the likes of Mugabe and Ahmadinejad and has gone for some more media friendly choices. Next month Kate Moss and Heidi Klum will join him on his weekly “Hello President” programme for a discussion on accessorising and a rousing performance of the Internationale.