Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Born May 22, 1970

Naomi Campbell is a British model, of Jamaican decent. Scouted at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and she was one of six models of her generation declared ":supermodels" by the fashion world.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Naomi Campbell.


1970 Birth Born on May 22, 1970.
1978 8 Years Old Campbell's first public appearance came at the age of seven, in 1978, when she was featured in the music video for Bob Marley's "Is This Love". … Read More


1986 16 Years Old In 1986, while still a student of the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Campbell was scouted by Beth Boldt, head of the Synchro Model Agency, while window-shopping in Covent Garden. … Read More
1987 17 Years Old In December 1987, she appeared on the cover of British Vogue, as that publication's first black cover girl since 1966.
1988 18 Years Old In August 1988, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue, after her friend and mentor, designer Yves St. Laurent, threatened to withdraw his advertising from the magazine if it continued to refuse to place black models on its cover. … Read More


1990 20 Years Old In January 1990, Campbell, who was declared "the reigning megamodel of them all" by Interview, appeared with Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz on an iconic cover of British Vogue, shot by Peter Lindbergh. … Read More
1991 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1991, in a defining moment of the so-called supermodel era, Campbell walked the catwalk for Versace with Turlington, Evangelista, and Crawford, arm-in-arm and lip-synching the words to "Freedom! '90". … Read More
1992 22 Years Old In April 1992, she posed with several other top models for the hundredth-anniversary cover of American Vogue, shot by Patrick Demarchelier. … Read More
1993 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Campbell twice appeared on the cover of American Vogue; in April, alongside Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, and Helena Christensen, and again, solo, in June. … Read More
1994 24 Years Old Her novel Swan, about a supermodel dealing with blackmail, was released in 1994 to poor reviews. … Read More
1995 25 Years Old In 1995, along with fellow models Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, Campbell invested in a chain of restaurants called the Fashion Cafe; the venture was on the edge of bankruptcy by 1998. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old She was called to give evidence on a "blood diamond" she allegedly received from Taylor during a Nelson Mandela Children's Fund function in 1997.
1998 28 Years Old In 1998, she became engaged to Formula One racing head Flavio Briatore; they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship until their separation in 2003. … Read More
1999 29 Years Old In 1999, she signed her first cosmetics contract with Cosmopolitan Cosmetics, a division of Wella, through which she launched several signature fragrances. … Read More


2001 31 Years Old In October 2001, she appeared with rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs on the cover of British Vogue, with the headline "Naomi and Puff: The Ultimate Power Duo".
2002 32 Years Old In 2002, she shortly dated Sean Combs; they remain friends to this day. … Read More
2007 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After more than two decades as a model, Campbell remains in demand. In 2007, she walked the catwalk for Dior's sixtieth-anniversary fashion show at Versailles.
In June 2008, Campbell pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers at London Heathrow Airport two months earlier; she had kicked and spat at the officers following an argument about her lost luggage. … Read More


2010 - 2012 3 More Events
2013 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2013, Campbell graced the inaugural cover of Numéro Russia. … Read More
2014 44 Years Old 1 More Event
She also hosted the British version of the show, which aired on Sky Living later that same year, and The Face Australia, which ran on Fox8 in 2014.
The following year, she closed the Fall/Winter Zac Posen show at New York Fashion Week, and featured in Spring/Summer 2015 campaigns for Burberry and lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur.
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