Naomi Campbell: Fashion Powerhouse

Naomi Elaine Campbell was born in London on May 22nd 1970. From a very young age Campbell had an interest in modeling, but it wasn’t until she was fifteen that she finally got her chance to become a professional model. She was an instant hit and her popularity skyrocketed overnight. Naomi Campbell is considered to be one of the first supermodels and has paved the way for those following in her footsteps. Naomi Campbell was the first black model to be photographed for the covers of the British, French and Russian Vogue as well as the cover of TIME magazine. Altogether she has been in over 500 magazine covers in her career with that number steadily climbing. She has worked with several big names in the fashion industry including: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana.

Most of Campbell’s time outside of modeling is spent on charity work and fundraising in South Africa. The passion began in 1993 when she was able to meet and work alongside the late Nelson Mandela, who would come to call her his “Honorary Granddaughter”. In 2005 Naomi Campbell began working a little closer to home by establishing the Fashion For Relief fashion show that was to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Fashion For Relief fashion show has gone on to raise millions of dollars to help victims. The show has been hosted in London, Mumbai, New York, Moscow, Cannes and Dar es Salaam.

Naomi Campbell has also had appearances in television. She was a minor character on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Cosby Show”. Recently, she has become the executive producer of “The Face”, a fashion and modeling contest that would allows beginner models to face off against one another to win a chance at becoming a star. This also gets them in contact with designers, publications and photographers that are professionals in the business. The first season of “The Face” aired on Oxygen in 2012 and the second season aired on Sky Living in 2013. Campbell plans on bringing the show to many more notable locations around the world in years to come.

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