, was the first black model on the front page of “Vogue”. Naomi Campbell still presents luxury fashion on the catwalks of the metropolises – but , can also be a diva and thus changed the industry.
Photo series with 10 pictures
Last December , was awarded the highest prize at the London Fashion Awards and honored as a fashion icon. The supermodel is celebrating its 50th birthday this Friday.
“When I started, I was not booked for certain shows because of my skin color. I did not let it upset me,” wrote the London native in , two-volume autobiography “Naomi Campbell”, which was published in limited numbers at a price of just under 2,600 Euro is available. “I understood what it meant to be black. You had to make extra efforts. You had to be twice as good.”
Springboards: from Bob Marley to Michael Jackson
Campbell grew up with , grandmother in South London in the 1970s. , mother toured Europe as a dancer while Naomi attended a drama school for children. Even then , appeared on television and in music videos, including Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”. , was later seen in videos by Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, George Michael and Jay-Z.
At 15 , was discovered as a photo model. , mother was against it, but Campbell finally prevailed. At 16, , regularly flew to Paris for recordings. There , met the Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa, who took , under , wing as a father figure and introduced , to the world of the stars: Tina Turner, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones and Quincy Jones became friends.
Cover by cover, the model of Jamaican-Chinese origin worked , way up and had to fight prejudice and discrimination again and again. The feared boss of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, finally raised , as the first black model on the cover of the important September issue. “I think , has received a lot of criticism for this,” Campbell revealed in , autobiography. “I will be eternally grateful to ,.” , supermodel friends Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista also helped ,. “They told certain designers that if they wanted them on their show, they would have to book me too. That kind of support was unique.”
A model with a sense of responsibility
Naomi Campbell is a world star with contradictions. On the one hand, , founded the non-profit organization Fashion For Relief in 2005 to use fashion shows to raise money for victims of hurricane Katrina, the Japanese tsunami and the Ebola epidemic across West Africa. This was triggered by , friendship with Nelson Mandela, who was like a “grandfather” for ,, as , said. Lately, , has been primarily collecting money for educational programs in Africa. “Most of the population is under 30 years of age. They need this education,” the supermodel told CNN.
Campbell, on the other hand, is notorious for , tantrums; , was convicted of assault four times. , last appearance in court was in 2010 when , had to testify in the “blood diamond” trial against former Liberian president and war criminal Charles Taylor.
“I made the word” anger management “famous”
Campbell stands by , mistakes: “I learned from them,” , said “Vogue Arabia”. And on the British “Jonathan Ross Show” , admitted: “I think I made the word” anger management “famous”. , was on therapy and for years attended Narcotics Anonymous drug support group meetings: “I want to stay in the light,” , told the Guardian last year. “I don’t want to be in the dark. I don’t have depression, but mental health is very important to me.”
And also , health in general: In a video from 2019, , took out gloves and disinfectant wipes on the plane and wiped , seat in the first class thoroughly. “I don’t care what people think about me,” , said as , cleaned. “It is my health and I feel better.”
Now , published the sequel in March: “In the past, people really laughed at me”, , explained and demonstrated how , now protects herself professionally against the corona virus with glasses, a face mask, a protective suit and a Burberry cape. “Now I’m not ridiculous.”
Friends like Cindy Crawford, Sharon Stone and Sean “Diddy” Combs currently only meet the New Yorker by video chat: In , new YouTube series “No Filter with Naomi” , tries to prove how down-to-earth together with other superstars they deal with the corona pandemic.