Within the media, the infamous British supermodel of Caribbean and Chinese descent, Naomi Campbell, is known for many things — both good and bad – but definitely for her distinctive beauty. As one of the “Big 6” supermodels from the 1990s, the stunningly gorgeous Naomi Campbell has graced the pages of countless fashion magazines around the world. Soon her career will approach a landmark of 25 years in the fashion industry. Of course, we are not going to discuss Naomi’s indiscretions over the years or her legal issues – instead we are celebrating her lengthy list of accomplishments. Regardless of her notorious quick temper — here are 5 reasons we will always love and respect the fabulous Naomi Campbell — queen of the catwalk.
Worked her way up the ladder to land major print campaigns. After signing with Elite Model Management, Naomi Campbell quickly advanced in the world of modeling where she participated in runway shows, and advanced to print campaigns with major designers, as well as top magazine covers. At the age of 15, she appeared on the cover of Elle. Over the years, Campbell was an integral part of ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and many others in the fashion industry.
Part of the Big 6. Along with Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington — Naomi Campbell achieved elite status as a supermodel in the Big 6. In fact, the women within the Big 6 are each synonymous with the word supermodel. During the 90s, they were everywhere — billboards, runways and magazine covers around the entire world. The careers of these women were at their height during that period of time. If you consider the 2000s — aside from someone like Gisele Bundchen, how many supermodels can you really name? Probably very view — the women of the Big 6 like, Naomi Campbell, typified the word supermodel — and they continue to do so even today.
Unprecedented status as a Black model. According to NaomiCampbell.com, “In August 1988, she appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris as that publications first black cover girl, after friend and mentor, Yves St. Laurent, threatened to withdraw all of his advertising from the publication after it refused to place Campbell, or any black model on its cover. In addition to Vogue Paris, Campbell also became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue UK, Vogue Nippon, Time Magazine and later Vogue China.”
Appeared in countless music videos. Aside from appearing on various magazine covers, Naomi Campbell has also appeared in her fair share of music videos. She has been spotted in the videos of popular artists like George Michael, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Nelly, Prince, P. Diddy, Usher and many others.
Participates in charitable events worldwide. The media rarely discusses the good things Naomi Campbell tries to do, but the supermodel does spend a great deal of time giving back — specifically with her Fashion For Relief charity events throughout the world. Beyond her work with Fashion For Relief, Campbell participates in many other efforts supporting underprivileged children around the globe.