• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Profile of Naomi Campbell: Age, career, family, net worth

Naomi Elaine Campbell is a British model, actress, singer, and businesswoman who was born on May 22, 1970. She began her modeling career at the age of 15 and has since established herself as one of the most well-known and sought-after models of the last four decades. Campbell was one of six models from her generation who were dubbed “supermodels” by the fashion industry and the press.

Campbell has ventured into other projects in addition to modeling, including an R&B studio album and various acting roles in film and television, including the modeling competition reality show The Face and its international offshoots. Campbell is also active in philanthropy for a variety of issues.

Early Life

On May 22, 1970, Naomi Elaine Campbell was born in Streatham, South London, to Valerie Morris, a Jamaican dancer. Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant and went nameless on her birth certificate, as per her mother’s wishes. Her mother’s second marriage gave her the surname “Campbell.” Pierre, her half-brother, was born in 1985. Campbell has Afro-Jamaican ancestry as well as Chinese-Jamaican lineage through her paternal grandmother, Ming.

Campbell’s mother worked as a modern dancer in Rome, Italy, where she grew up. She stayed with relatives after they returned to London, while her mother toured Europe with the dancing ensemble Fantastica. Campbell began attending the Barbara Speake Stage School when she was three years old, and at the age of ten, she was accepted into the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she learned ballet. She went to Dunraven School as well.


Career beginnings, 1978–1986

Campbell had her first public appearance in the music video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” when she was seven years old in 1978. She tap danced in Culture Club’s “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” music video when she was 12 years old. She had studied dancing from the age of three to sixteen and had aspired to be a dancer. Campbell was discovered by Beth Boldt, the head of the Synchro Model Agency, while window-shopping in Covent Garden in 1986, while still a student at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Her career took off immediately, and she was featured on the cover of British Elle just before her 16th birthday in April.

International triumph from 1987 to 1997

Campbell’s career grew significantly over the next several years, as she walked the runway for designers like Gianni Versace, Azzedine Alaa, and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as posing for photographers like Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, and Bruce Weber. Campbell, along with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, created the “Trinity” in the late 1980s, and they became the most well-known and sought-after models of their period.

Campbell gained backing from her white friends when she faced racial discrimination; she later cited Turlington and Evangelista as saying to Dolce & Gabbana, “If you don’t utilize Naomi, you don’t get us.” She was the first black cover girl for British Vogue since 1966 when she featured on the cover in December 1987. After designer Yves St. Laurent threatened to pull his advertising from the magazine if Naomi was not placed on the cover, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue in August 1988. She graced the cover of American Vogue the following year, marking the first time a black model graced the cover of the September issue, which is generally the year’s biggest and most important issue.

Campbell, who was dubbed “the reigning megamodel of them all” by Interview, was photographed by Peter Lindbergh for the cover of British Vogue in January 1990, alongside Turlington, Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz. Following that, the trio was cast in George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” music video. Campbell, Turlington, Evangelista, Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer had joined an elite group of models dubbed “supermodels” by the fashion business by that time. They became known as the “Big Six” after the arrival of newbie Kate Moss.

Campbell walked the Versace catwalk arm-in-arm with Turlington, Evangelista, and Crawford in March 1991, in a landmark moment of the so-called supermodel era, lip-synching the words to “Freedom! ’90.” Later that year, she appeared in Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet” music video as his love interest. In April 1992, she posed with numerous other prominent models for Patrick Demarchelier’s hundredth-anniversary cover of American Vogue. In the same year, she was photographed in a series of nude images with Madonna and rapper Big Daddy Kane for Madonna’s controversial book Sex.

Campbell was featured on the cover of American Vogue twice in 1993: once with Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, and Helena Christensen in April, and again in June, solo. She also famously fell in foot-high platform shoes on the Vivienne Westwood 1993 Fall catwalk, which were later displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Despite her success, Campbell was fired in September by Elite Model Management, which had represented her since 1987, on the basis that “no amount of money or status could further justify the abuse” of staff and clients. In 1997, Campbell attended Bill Clinton’s inauguration reception.

Campbell ventured into other areas of the entertainment industry in the mid-1990s. Swan, a novel about a blackmailed supermodel, was published in 1994 to mixed reviews. Caroline Upcher ghostwrote it because Campbell “simply didn’t have the time to sit down and write a book,” according to Campbell. Campbell released her album Baby Woman the same year, which was called after designer Rifat Ozbek’s nickname for her. The album, which was produced by Youth and Tim Simenon, was only commercially successful in Japan; it failed to chart in the UK, and its lone song, “Love and Tears,” reached No. 40. Critics criticized Baby Woman, which inspired the Naomi Awards for bad pop music. Campbell had tiny appearances in Miami Rhapsody and Spike Lee’s Girl 6 in the mid-1990s, as well as a recurrent role on New York Undercover’s second season.

Campbell invested in a chain of restaurants called the Fashion Cafe with fellow models Schiffer, Turlington, and Elle Macpherson in 1995. Three years later, the Fashion Cafe’s directors were arrested for fraud, bankruptcy, and money laundering.

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