Naomi Campbell continues to be a formidable force in the world of fashion. She has used her success as a super talent to establish herself as a successful entrepreneur whilst always helping many others in need.
One of the five original supermodels, Naomi Campbell was born in London and caught her big break when she was only 15 years old. She’s been the covers of over 500 magazines during her career, and has been featured in campaigns for Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino, to name a few. Campbell was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.
The runway was Campbell’s domain. She’s walked it in countless collections for top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace. Campbell has also appeared in top-rated TV shows, music videos and films, including The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Madonna’s Erotica, Bob Marley’s Is This Love and Michael Jackson’s In The Closet.
Noami Campbell leads several fundraising and charity efforts in South Africa and around the globe. She was inspired by and began this work with Nelson Mandela in 1993. She once said that the greatest joy of her life is knowing Nelson Mandela, and that his kindness, passion, and intelligence make him the perfect modern leader. In 1997 he named her “Honorary Granddaughter” for her engagement and activism.
In 2005, Campbell founded two charitable organizations, Fashion For Relief which raised over $1 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina and We Love Brazil, aimed at fighting poverty through supporting local artisans. Since its conception in 2005, Fashion For Relief has presented shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam, and has raised millions more dollars for various causes. In 2007, Campbell hosted the South African leg of Live Earth.
On the Fashion front, Naomi Campbell is a tireless advocate for the presence of more models of colour. Gorgeous and successful as she is, she would still have faced and therefore must understand the challenges these models still continue to face today. Wherever there is need for fairer casting, Campbell is there to champion to get deserving up and comers increased opportunities. This is truly commendable, insightful and conscious work of on Campbell’s part. Fashion and style is after all, the aspirational launch point for how young people view themselves. If they are not present in this context, them how can they value themselves in today’s society?
Campbell executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on Oxygen’s acclaimed series The Face, in the US, which aired in winter 2012. In her role as executive producer, Campbell brought in key fashion designers, photographers, publications, products and contest partners, and created unique, real-life opportunities for the contestants. The UK series of the show launched in September 2013 on Sky Living. Negotiations are underway to launch the show in other other territories around the world.
This from Style.com: The Ellen von Unwerth-lensed campaign may have been inspired by David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Brian De Palma’s thriller Body Double, but those moody vibes play second fiddle to Naomi Campbell’s flawless figure. At 44 years old, the veteran model is every bit as bodacious as ever, and these Agent Provocateur Spring 2015 campaign images are the proof. “It’s great to be the face of Agent Provocateur’s Spring Summer 2015 Campaign, especially in my forties! ” Campbell says. “Agent Provocateur proves that beautiful lingerie applies to, and is appreciated by, women of all ages.” Creative director Sarah Shotton adds “Naomi and Ellen were perfect for this, as they both have such strong, individual personalities. We chose Ellen, as her aesthetic mirrors the sensual, mysterious undertones of the campaign concept impeccably.Naomi is the ultimate Agent Provocateur woman: witty, gorgeous, and confident.”
It is easy to understand why.
This iconic super legend’s career is unending, in addition to this high profile lingerie gig, it was recently revealed that Campbell is also the star of the new Burberry campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. Brilliant.