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Naomi Campbell is unquestionably beautiful. Discovered at the age of fourteen while hanging out with friends in London, the straight-talking British beauty became known, and worshiped, for her powerful and commanding presence on any catwalk. She redefined what it meant to “work’ the walk and reinvented what it means to be a SUPERmodel!

There was and is nobody like Naomi Campbell when it comes to the catwalk

There was and is nobody like Naomi Campbell when it comes to the catwalk

Naomi Campbell: A Blooming Rose; Thorns and All

What hasn’t she done? Naomi Campbell’s first foray into the public spotlight was in 1978 when she seven and was featured in the music video for Jamaican superstar Bob Marley’s “Is This Love“. The model also went on to star in the music video for George Michael’s 1990 cult classic “Freedom” along with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington. Singer Michael Jackson came calling and in 1992 Naomi was featured in his “In the Closet” music video.

Naomi Campbell in Bob Marley video

Naomi Campbell (right) with Bob Marley and unidentified girl in 1978 video for Marley’s single “Is This Love”

'Freedom (1990) - George Michael (Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington & Naomi Campbell)

Naomi also starred in George Michael’s 1990 cult classic “Freedom” music video

'Freedom (1990) - George Michael (Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington & Naomi Campbell)

“Freedom” (1990) – George Michael (Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington & Naomi Campbell)

A still from Micheal Jackson’s In the Closet video featuring Naomi Campbell, directed by Herb Ritts, 1992.

A still from Micheal Jackson’s “In the Closet” video featuring Naomi Campbell, directed by Herb Ritts, 1992.

In the cutthroat world of modeling, which was and is especially unkind to women of color, Naomi used her tough-as-nails and no-nonsense attitude to carve out a space for herself at the top of the pyramid. Not only was she the most prominent black model of the 80s, 90s and early 2000’s, she still remains the “queen bee” from which many models to this day seek approval, and tips. It has been reported that for Vogue magazine alone, Naomi Campbell has graced the cover 65 times!

Vogue US (7)
Vogue Paris (6)
Vogue Italia (10)
Vogue UK (8)
Vogue Germany (6)
Vogue Brazil (6)
Vogue Spain (5)
Vogue Russia (4)
Vogue Japan (3)
Vogue Korea (3)
Vogue China (1)
Vogue Australia (1)
Vogue Turkey (1)
Vogue Thailand (1)
Vogue Hellas (1)
Vogue Portugal (1)
Vogue Argentina (1)

Naomi Campbell very first Vogue magazine cover from September 1989, Anna Wintour made the bold choice and never looked back

Naomi Campbell’s very first Vogue (US) magazine cover from September 1989. Anna Wintour made the bold choice and never looked back. The September issue is always the most coveted and collected issue in the magazine’s yearly schedule

Naomi Campbell | Photography by Steven Meisel | For Vogue Magazine Italy | June 1989

Naomi Campbell | Photography by Steven Meisel | For Vogue Magazine Italy | June 1989

NAOMI CAMPBELL Italian Vogue Editorial September 1990 Photos: Patrick Demarchelier

NAOMI CAMPBELL Italian Vogue Editorial September 1990 Photos: Patrick Demarchelier

Naomi-Campbell.Vogue-Italia.1990.cover

Naomi Campbell. Vogue Italia.1990.cover

Naomi Campbell on the cover of Vogue June 1993

Naomi on the cover of Vogue June 1993

Famous Herb Ritts 80s Supermodels photo from 1989 featuring Cindy, Naomi, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour

Famous Herb Ritts 80s Supermodels photo from 1989 featuring Cindy, Naomi, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour

Naomi Campbell had holiday spirit for Playboy December 1999 Cover

Naomi Campbell had holiday spirit for Playboy December 1999 Cover

In the cutthroat world of modelling, which was and is especially unkind to women of color, Naomi used her tough-as-nails and no-nonsense attitude to carve out a space for herself at the top of the pyramid.

In the cutthroat world of modeling, which was and is especially unkind to women of color, Naomi used her tough-as-nails and no-nonsense attitude to carve out a space for herself at the top of the pyramid.

Naomi Campbell Vogue January 2008

Nothing frames a face like fur we say and Naomi Campbell’s Vogue January 2008 cover proves that beautifully

September issue of Harper’s Bazaar is an editorial spread called “Wild Things” featuring Naomi Campbell. Photographed by Jean-Paul Goude, they picture Naomi Campbell running alongside a cheetah in a cheetah-print bodysuit, playing jump rope with monkeys, straddling a crocodile, and, of course, riding an elephant. It feels almost ridiculous to type those photographic scenarios out.

The September 2009 issue of Harper’s Bazaar featured an editorial spread called “Wild Things” featuring Naomi Campbell that caused a controversy about perpetrating stereotypes. Photographed by Jean-Paul Goude, they picture Naomi Campbell running alongside a cheetah in a cheetah-print bodysuit

Naomi on the cover of November 2016 Paper magazine

Naomi on the cover of November 2016 Paper magazine

With a string of notable admirers, Naomi has lived an enviously cliche life of glitz, glam and opulence….without any excuses we might add! With her uber-famous friends and confidants, Naomi Campbell is the epitome of what it means to be in the “in-crowd”.  But, there was always more than just what met the eye to this beauty as evidenced by the plethora of successes and brand extensions based on her popularity.

Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Nadja Auermann, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow, Gianni Versace

ca. 1995-1996 — Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Nadja Auermann, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow stand beside Gianni Versace. The group are at the showing of Versace’s autumn-winter collection. — Image by © Photo B.D.V./CORBIS

Giorgio Armani with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.

Giorgio Armani with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.

Mario Testino captured Campbell and Iman

Mario Testino captured Campbell and Iman

Designer ALexander McQueen with Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Annabel Neilson in 2004

Naomi Campbell, Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss and Annabel Nielson at the Alexander McQueen “Black” event at Earls Court pic by Graham Jepson

Naomi Campbell and singer Usher

Naomi and singer Usher

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Russian businessman, and former boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, and British supermodel Naomi Campbell

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Russian businessman, and former boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, and British supermodel Naomi Campbell

Interview magazine Russia December 2012 issue explored the life long friendship between Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss

Interview magazine Russia December 2012 issue explored the life long friendship between Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss

Naomi Campbell and RIhanna

Naomi supported Rihanna at her collection launch with Puma

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian with supermodels Kate Moss And Naomi Campbell

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian with supermodels Kate Moss And Naomi Campbell

No doubt flawless on the outside, supermodel Naomi Campbell has not always shown her inner beauty; evidenced in her long and winding list of allegations of a hot and quick temper. In 2015 she was given a six month suspended sentence in an Italian court for scratching a photographer’s eye during a 1999  incident. And, Naomi was even ordered to perform a five-day community service sentence sweeping up for the Department of Sanitation as the result of a 2007 conviction for assaulting her housekeeper with a cell phone. Naomi being Naomi, she has always taken her lemons and made stylishly served lemonade.

Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell had a well documented rivalry with each other... it's tough at the top folks!

Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell had a well documented rivalry with each other… it’s tough at the top folks!

Completing her final day of community service like only Naomi can

Completing her final day of community service like only Naomi can

Everybody knows that Naomi Campbell is not one to take things lying down. Her heart is huge but her temper, like her beauty, is legendary!

Everybody knows that Naomi Campbell is not one to take things lying down. Her heart is huge but her temper, like her beauty, is legendary!

Naomi delivering one of her biting quotes on the hit Fox show EMPIRE

Naomi delivering one of her biting quotes on the hit show EMPIRE on Fox

NNaomi's temper is legendary. Naomi being Naomi, she has always taken her lemons and made stylishly served lemonade.

Naomi’s temper is legendary. Naomi being Naomi, she has always taken her lemons and made stylishly served lemonade.

The fashion world is not the only group enamored with Campbell. She has found her second act in the world of acting and countless philanthropic endeavors.  Most notably, in 2015 Naomi Campbell joined the cast of the super hot and glitzy Emmy Award winning Fox television drama Empire. As the tough talking and devious powerhouse Camilla Marks, Naomi has brought her stylish British wit to the show. Naomi is also simultaneously starring in Director Lee Daniel’s show Star on Fox.

Naomi Campbell Camilla Empire S01E08 The Lyon's Roar

Naomi Campbell as Camilla Marks in Empire – S01E08 “The Lyon’s Roar”

Naomi Campbell and Taraji P. Henson Face Off on 'Empire'

Naomi Campbell and Taraji P. Henson face off on ‘Empire’

Naomi Campbell plays cougar Camilla Marks in Empire

Naomi plays cougar Camilla Marks in Empire

Now an accomplished author, activist, actress, entrepreneur and bankable brand name; Naomi has her hands full with countless projects. Adding a “second act” to her still-active and fully engaging modeling career, Naomi has been responsible for raising millions of dollars globally for AIDS research. She was especially close with former South African Prime Minister Nelson Mandela and worked tirelessly to support his Children’s Fund.  She is also the global spokesperson for the organization Fashion for Relief which is a charitable organization which she founded in 2005 that has raised funds for various environmental and humanitarian causes. She has also played a leadership role with Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Quincy Jones’ Listen Up Foundation, The UNESCO orphanage in Jamaica and Fidel Castro’s Cuban Children’s Fund. Naomi is also godmother of the Italian Atlha Onlus association which supports young people with special needs and disabilities. Charity work is in her blood as she unselfishly lends her time, name and relationships to causes that move her globally.

Naomi had a special bond and relationship with former South African Prime Minister Nelson Mandela and the two worked on various charitable missions for decades

Naomi had a special bond and relationship with former South African Prime Minister Nelson Mandela and the two worked on various charitable missions globally

Naomi Campbell is also the global spokesperson for the organization Fashion for Relief which is a charitable organization which she founded in 2005 that has raised funds for various environmental and humanitarian causes.

Naomi Campbell is also the global spokesperson for the organization Fashion for Relief which is a charitable organization which she founded in 2005 that has raised funds for various environmental and humanitarian causes.

Naomi walks the catwalk to raise money to figt the deadly Ebola virus

Naomi walks the catwalk to raise money to fight the deadly Ebola virus

Naomi Campbell bonds with Turkish PM's wife over shared interest in charity work

Naomi Campbell bonds with the Turkish PM’s wife over shared interest in charity work

With her legacy in the world of fashion firmly secured, Naomi Campbell shows no signs of slowing down in any area of her life. This DIVA We Love has lived many enviable lives and continues to touch the lives of millions with her awesome charitable nature. Naomi has the gift of making connections that matter and never tires of bringing the most stylish together in situations that could use a little of her magic dust. Thanks for living such a colorful life Naomi!  Thorns and all, you are like no other we’ve seen!

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