Born in south London, Campbell enrolled at Italia Conti Academy, which provides a variety of subjects and theater training in secondary education. He appeared in music videos of Bob Marley and the band “Culture Club” before signing his first contract in the fashion industry. Naomi was only 15 then.
Her career quickly took off and just before she turned 16, the future star appeared on the cover of the British Elle, as the original model gave up. This marks the beginning of an adventure that writes history and shows the world that black women also have a place under the sun.
In 1988, Campbell became the first black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and then graced the French version of the magazine. The story goes that her close friend, Yves Saint Laurent, told Vogue that she would withdraw her ad if the magazine refused to put black models on the covers.
The following year, she appeared on the cover of American Vogue, and this was the first time a black model appeared on the front page of the September issue. It is the most important and largest edition every year.
Faced with racial discrimination, Campbell received support from his friends and colleagues. She later quoted Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista as saying to Dolce & Gabbana, “If you don’t hire Naomi, we won’t work with you.” In 1997, The Guardian quoted the supermodel as saying that there was prejudice in the fashion industry and that this was a problem we had to deal with.
“This business is about selling, and blond and blue-eyed girls are what you buy.”
Campbell, however, shows that he can fight stereotypes and amasses an impressive list of advertising campaigns in which he participates. Her biography shows collaborations with Versace, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton. In addition, Naomi has been named Yves Saint Laurent.
The supermodel has stood in front of the lenses of some of the best photographers in the world – Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon and many others. In 1999, she signed her first cosmetic contract with Cosmopolitan Cosmetics and launched several of her fragrances. In November of that year, Campbell posed with 12 other top models for the cover of the first 2000 Vogue.
The publication is called “Modern Muses”, and the photos were taken by Annie Leibovitz. The following month, Naomi appeared on the cover of Playboy. In 2002, she was embroiled in a major court scandal with the Daily Mirror over the publication of photos of her leaving a meeting of anonymous addicts.
After several appeals, the court ruled in favor of Campbell. She has repeatedly sought treatment for both her addiction problems and her anger management. The supermodel had to do community service after her assistant filed a lawsuit against her.
In 2005, Campbell launched a charity campaign that organized fashion shows to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, the terrorist attacks in India in 2009, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the earthquake in Japan in 2011. -a. So far, her foundation has raised more than £ 4m for various organizations. Campbell is also raising funds to fight breast cancer and has launched an initiative to fight poverty in Brazil. She also donated funds to the political party of the late Nelson Mandela.
In 2019, Campbell was awarded the Fashion Icon Award by the British Fashion Council.
Yesterday she turned 50 and on the occasion delighted her followers on Instagram with her baby photo with a message of thanks to her mother: