Naomi Campbell is one of the most important figures in the history of modeling. One of the first five supermodels she was born in London and started posing for the cameras when she was just 15 years old. She has been on the covers of over 500 magazines and has worked as a model for such powerhouses as Prada, Burberry, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Valentino and countless others.
Besides having to overcome the many challenges that all young models face, such as fierce competition and fighting for big jobs, Campbell has had some challenges that others have not had to face. Still, she has gone on to win the respect and confidence of those in the industry and has had a very long successful career.
Naomi Campbell was the first black model to be o the covers of such respected magazines as TIME, French Vogue and Russian Vogue. Her career has encompassed roles on television and film and she has used her popularity to raise money for charities in South Africa and other countries. She started Fashion For Relief and hosted a well-received show in 2005 to raise money for Hurricane Katrina. Since then shows have also been held in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, and Mumbai, raising millions in funds.
She has been a supermodel coach on a television show called “The Face,” in both the United States and the UK and has filled additional duties as the executive producer in the US version.
Campbell was born in South London. Although she never met her father, her mother was Jamaican dancer Valerie Morris. She grew up in Rome while her mother dancer and attended the Barbara Speake State School. She also attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, studying ballet as she was growing up. When she was seven years old she starred in Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” video.
In the years since that first job Campbell has written a success story that many admire.
She has earned respect industry-wide as an unspeakable beauty, generous soul and tremendous success. Her big heart has raised money for many causes and she continues to be one of the most beautiful women in the world.