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Naomi Campbell: the history of a legend

11.01.2019

When you think of supermodels, an iconic name that comes to mind is Naomi Campbell, one of the ‘Big Five’ supermodels of the 90s. Born on 22 May 1970 in London to a Jamaican-born dancer and an unknown father, Naomi spent her early years in Rome, Italy, and by the age of 10, was accepted into the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to study ballet. Naomi was first exposed to the public eye when she was 7 years old, when she was featured in Bob Marley’s ‘Is this love’ music video in February 1978. In 1986, she was scouted by the head of the Synchro Model Agency while window-shopping in Covent Garden in London, and just before her 16th birthday, she appeared on the cover of British Elle magazine.

 

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How old is Naomi Campbell?

It would have been easier to respond with ‘a woman never tells her age’, but in Naomi’s case, it’s simply the case of ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’.
Standing tall at 1.77 m, and with body statistics of 34-24-34 inches, the almost 49-year-old supermodel, singer and actress is living proof that ‘black don’t crack’. Her extremely young and toned skin, plump lips, defined cheekbones and perfectly fit body will definitely throw you off her age.

 

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The Naomi Campbell walk

If you have ever seen Naomi Campbell on the catwalk, then it’s impossible to miss her powerful, sassy, yet super chic and sophisticated gait as she struts down the runway. Naomi Campbell got her strut from watching her mother as well as supermodel Iman. She also mentioned in past interviews that her mother taught her how to have a bit more swag, how to listen to the rhythm of the music, how to walk when there wouldn’t be music at all and to always remember the clothing that she was walking in. Her iconic walk probably got her the nickname “Black Panther”.

The Naomi Campbell ‘Attitude’

Between 1998 and 2008, Naomi Campbell had a constant timeline of adverse incidents: a ban from British Airways, convictions for assault, calling her summons to Charles Taylor’s war crimes tribunal ‘a big inconvenience’ and also drug and temper related occurrences, and of course, the media had a field time with it. In later days, the storm has calmed, and Naomi Campbell lives a more controversy free lifestyle.

In a recent interview with the Guardian in September 2018, when asked if the public notion of her character is accurate, she responds: “Well, everyone has a temper. A temper is an emotion. But do I care what they say? Is that what you’re asking? Everyone is entitled to their opinion.”. When she was asked if she is happy the way she is, she replied: “I’m a work in progress. But yes, I’m happy with the way I am now. I’m very observant and very instinctive. In life, you have to have the vulnerability to accept when you are to blame. And I do have that and I am open enough to say it. I’ve made mistakes. You know all that stuff, I’m not going over it again. And I admit to them, but I don’t regret anything. I don’t live in regret.”

Queen shady

Naomi Campbell is quite outspoken about things she needs to get across, and it’s no surprise when she serves classic shade. Her two most recent recipients are:

Kendall Jenner

Nicki Minaj & Cardi B

Note to self: Never get in Naomi Campbell’s bad books!!!

Beauty Campaign

After decades of reigning over runways and magazine covers, for the first time, Naomi Campbell has been named as the face of NARS cosmetics. Both supermodel and Makeup brand announced the good news via social media on the 19th December 2018 that she will be the face of NARS Cosmetics for the first half of 2019. Naomi Campbell’s partnership with NARS will be centred on the brand’s foundation shade extensions, the Super Radiant Booster and a new Skin Deep Eye Palette. The plan is that she will also lead a new campaign later in the year.

 

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Fun facts

Naomi Campbell is a Gemini

Naomi Campbell, with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, formed a trio known as the “Trinity” in the late ’80s. They were the most recognisable and wanted models of their generation.

Naomi Campbell appeared on the cover of British Vogue in December 1987, She was their first black cover girl since 1966, which featured Donyale Luna.

Naomi Campbell was Michael Jackson’s love interest in his music video “In the Closet”.

Naomi Campbell has never been married.

Naomi Campbell got engaged to U2 bassist Adam Clayton in 1993 but split up a year later.

 

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Golden heart Naomi Campbell is linked with many charity organisations, some, which are Fashion For Relief, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and much more

Late South African president, Nelson Mandela referred to Naomi Campbell as his “honorary granddaughter”

Naomi Campbell has walked the runways for Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé, Blumarine, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Hermés, Chanel, Givenchy, Burberry, Zac Posen, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré, Versace, Helmut Lang, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino.

Naomi Campbell has released 16 perfumes since 1999.

Naomi Campbell stars as Camilla Marks, in the Fox drama series Empire.

Naomi Campbell’s personal trainer is David Kirsch, who prepares a special program for her based on kickboxing.

Naomi Campbell’s ‘s net worth is estimated to be around $60 million.