Jay-Z and supermodel Naomi Campbell, photographed on the set of his “Change Clothes” video shoot at the Broadway Studios in Long Island on October 28, 2003.
Directed by Chris Robinson, the star-studded video featured cameos from featured artist and producer Pharrell Williams, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek,
Roc-A-Fella Records photographer Johnny Nunez, Roc affiliate Richie Akiva, Dame Dash, boxer Zab Judah, journalist
George Whipple, Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, singers D. Woods and
Omahyra Mota, Will Hoar, and a slew of models—including Jessica White, Liliana Dominguez, Mey Bun, and America’s Next Top Model’s Jade Cole. Hov’s longtime personal stylist June Ambrose was on hand to ensure participants fit with the video’s stylish theme.
As part of his 2011 “The Tanning Effect”
interview series, Steve Stoute revealed that “David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA, came over to me and said, ‘Steve, is it possible that you can tell Jay-Z to change clothes back again?’” After the release of “Change Clothes” there was a seismic shift in sales for the NBA and NFL licensed apparel, and it greatly affected the revenue of the two leagues. “I wasn’t really conscious of [causing that shift],” Hov explained to his friend and business partner. “It was really just more so how I felt at the time. It got to a point where everyone was walking around with these jerseys on, and we just looked like the biggest basketball team in the world. Like, okay, this thing is over now. You know? It was just my elevation and growth. You know, I’m always trying to move forward and move to the next thing. I didn’t have it in mind that [everybody would change clothes]. I would’ve bought all the stock in button-up shirts if that was the case.”