Taking inspiration from Menswear Monday’s model profile feature on David Gandy, this week for fashion friday we’re focusing on Naomi Campbell. She is now a world renowned high fashion model who has been around for more than two decades.
Campbell was born in 1970 in Streatham, South London. Her career started when she was at the young age of seven and was featured in one of Bob Marley’s music videos, from then she was featured in a few more music videos before conquering the fashion world. Her first magazine cover was at the age of sixteen, and by eighteen she had bagged her first of many Vogue covers and was also the first black girl that had been featured on the cover of French Vogue.
By the 1990s Campbell alongside models Turlington, Evangelista, Crawford, and Schiffer were declared supermodels and alongside newcomer Kate Moss they became the ‘Big Six’. She has starred in many campaigns for designers such as Versace, Ralph Lauren, Victoria Secret etc. One of her most well known fashion moments was when she walked the Vivienne Westwood show and fell in platform heels.
However there have been some lows in her career such as when she was fired from Elite after being accused of being rude to staff, her charge of throwing her phone at her assistant and when she had to testify about some alleged blood diamonds she had received as a gift.
But other than that her career is still going strong and she now has her own model show called The Face which has had a USA, UK and Australian version which had high ratings on TV. Modelling has not been her only career choice. She has also been in music videos for Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and George Michael. And she also published a fictional novel in the 1990s called Swan.
She founded the charity Fashion For Relief in which organises fundraising fashion shows and has raised millions of pounds for victims of disasters worldwide. In 2009 she joined forces with Marc Jacobs to raise money for the charity The White Ribbon Alliance, for which she is a global ambassador. She has also given her support to many other charities. In 2010 she received a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards. Speaking at the ceremony, Campbell said “It’s just overwhelming to be recognised in your own country, it’s a huge privilege and it makes me feel very proud to be British. Women of colour are now far better represented – we still have a long way to go, but I’m very proud.”
Naomi launched the campaign Diversity Coalition with fellow model Iman in 2013, hoping to expose racial prejudice in the fashion industry. What amazes most about Naomi is that she is very head strong, fierce and knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. Although she is tough, she has helped other young models by giving them advice on surviving in the fashion industry. Keep an eye on her because it’s very apparent she is not going anywhere anytime soon.