Looking beautiful, doing his job, hunching down and just not being negative: That seems to be the motto of numerous models. The supermodel Naomi Campbell has never followed this maxim. Today, the partly controversial British woman turns 50 on Friday.
It all started in the 1980s
Campbell, who is still considered one of the most successful models in the world and achieved supermodel status years ago, May 1970 born in the London district of Lambeth and discovered at the age of 15. The public got to see them much earlier, however. At the age of only seven she appeared in the music video for “Is This Love” by Bob Marley (1945-1981).
Campbell celebrated her international breakthrough in 1988 at the latest when she was the first dark-skinned model on the cover of the French fashion magazine “Vogue” has been. This was followed by hundreds of front pages and countless fashion shows and shootings with world-famous photographers such as Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019) and Ellen von Unwerth (66). Together with her colleagues Christy Turlington (51) and Linda Evangelista (55), Campbell became part of the “Trinity” – in English “Dreifaltigkeit” – the fashion world. Even after decades in the modeling business, the daughter of a Jamaican ballet dancer exudes an almost intoxicating beauty and self-confidence.
A Diva before the Lord
Campbell has worked on her no less hard than on her supermodel status in the past decades Call as – some may say obnoxious – Diva. Alleged horror stories about the beauty circulated in the media and sometimes even came into conflict with the law.
In 2008, the model was sentenced by a London court to do community service for insulting cabin crew and two police officers at Heathrow Airport. According to media reports, when the captain told a machine that the departure was due to a missing piece of luggage, she shouted “They have lost my shit bags, get the press. […] They would not do that if I were known” will delay. After the police called, she then kicked her stilettos. A few months earlier, she had been sentenced to mandatory service in New York, where she also had to clean toilets. Campbell, apparently angry, had thrown a phone at the head of a maid.
Being authentic, being honest
In an interview with Australian breakfast television a few years ago, Campbell said there was nothing more important to her than being authentic . She is a very honest, loyal and generous person: “With me you get what you see.” The model does not follow a special agenda nor does she feel like playing games.
Accordingly, the London-born has been known for decades not to keep her opinion behind the mountain – and she has always caused outcries and Scandals. In 2014, Campbell made headlines with a radio interview, for example, claiming that there was no connection between the fashion business and anorexia, with which some models and some of their fans, who use the beauties as models, are struggling. “You can't blame our industry for this type of body. […] You are responsible for your own actions. If you choose not to eat because you feel like it, it is in your hands.”
At the same time Campbell has often worked for a good cause in the past. For example, the model founded the non-profit organization “Fashion for Relief” in 2005. The late Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) inspired her to do this. Since then, the needy have been supported, among other things, with the proceeds from fashion shows, in which Kate Moss (46), Toni Garrn (27), Paris Hilton (39), Justin Bieber (26) and Jane Fonda (82) have already run . In the past few years, “Fashion for Relief” has provided help in the fight against Ebola or supported the reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina.
Whatever Campbell is doing, the public will be very interested in it – be it another outbreak of anger, a new shoot, a strange interview or your philanthropic effort. The model can be certain of one thing: she is sure to admire her more than 9.1 million followers on Instagram and her worldwide fans. And perhaps a statement Campbell gave to the men's magazine “Playboy” in 1999 best sums up the nature of the supermodel: “I never go on a diet. I smoke. I drink now and then. I never exercise. I I work very hard and I am worth every penny. “