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Join me in the ultimate fashion flashback as we delve into the life, times and style of the icon that is Naomi Campbell

Oh and by the way, what better day to celebrate this queen than her actual birthday?


Read on to discover every outfit she’s donned, every catwalk she’s strutted and how she has single-handedly gone against the odds (and shackles the industry tried to put on her) to impact fashion forever.

The Timeline of Naomi’s Career:

Naomi Campbell is not only known for being one of the original supermodels that started the cool girl gang, but she is also a global figure, and one of the most influential people on the planet

Naomi Campbell The Wall Street Journal

She first entered the modelling industry at the age of 15, when she signed with Synchro modelling agency.

Just before her 16th birthday, Naomi appeared on the cover of British Elle, after another model (fortuitously) dropped out at the last minute.

Since then she’s gone on to break barriers and become the unstoppable force she is today.

In the midst of her success as one of the leading supermodels of our time, Naomi Campbell has ensured her involvement in various charities targeted at Sub-Saharan Africa.

She has worked with important people like Nelson Mandela, and his death truly affected her. didn’t let  “his kindness, passion and intelligence make him a modern world leader”.

In addition to helping the African cause, Ms Campbell has been part of the creation of Fashion for Relief, which raised over a million dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Despite facing industry prejudice, Naomi Campbell went on to walk the world’s best fashion designers and starred in an impressive roster of advertising campaigns for luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

She has also been appointed the face of Yves Saint Laurent and has now graced the covers of over 500 magazines.

In 2005, the south Londoner founded the charity Fashion For Relief,

which organises fund-raising catwalk shows to aid victims of disasters worldwide, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

After touring the globe, Fashion For Relief will this year return to its roots, during London Fashion Week in September.

In 2010, she won the Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards.

In 2018, the British Fashion Council awarded Naomi Campbell a prize in recognition of her influence on the fashion industry,.

The British Fashion Council believes that Ms Campbell has been a “hugely influential ambassador for British fashion”, and should for that reason be honoured for her great achievements.

Naomi is very passionate about female empowerment in Africa and has gone in to headline the 2019 Forbes Woman Africa’s Leading Women Summit.

Her ongoing mission to elevate and connect African designers with the global fashion community saw her co-produce last year’s Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria.

Creative Director of Tiffany Amber, Folake Coker and Supermodel Naomi Campbell, during day III of Arise Fashion Week held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday Photo: Kunle Ogunfuyi

Naomi Campbell is currently spending her quarantine days productively by filming a Yotubeb tell-all special named  “No Filter”. 

It wasn’t something that was like… I’d love to do it and hear what my friends are doing around the world at this time.

It’s not like an interview with my friends, it’s just talking and letting everyone get to have a little peek into these people’s lives.

By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono

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