Naomi Elaine Campbell born 22 May  is an English model, actress, and businesswoman. Discovered at the age of 15, she established herself amongst the most recognizable and in-demand models of the late s and the s  and was one of six models of her generation declared supermodels by the fashion industry and the international press.
Campbell is also involved in charity work for various causes. Campbell spent her early years in Rome, where her mother worked as a modern dancer. Campbell was 7 in when she made her first public appearance in the music video for Bob Marley 's " Is This Love ". Laurent , threatened to withdraw his advertising from the magazine if it continued to refuse to place black models on its cover.
In March , in a defining moment of the so-called supermodel era, Campbell walked the catwalk for Versace with Turlington, Evangelista and Crawford, arm-in-arm and lip-synching the words to "Freedom! She famously fell on the catwalk in Vivienne Westwood 's foot-high platform shoes , which were later displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In the mids, Campbell branched out into other areas of the entertainment industry.
In , along with fellow models Schiffer, Turlington and Elle Macpherson , Campbell invested in a chain of restaurants called the Fashion Cafe , whose directors were arrested for fraud, bankruptcy and money laundering in In , Time declared the end of the supermodel era. In , she walked the catwalk for Dior 's 60th-anniversary fashion show at Versailles. In , Campbell appeared with Liya Kebede and Iman on the cover of the 40th-anniversary issue of Essence. Duran Duran". Campbell wore a design by Alexander McQueen —a staggered hem gown with a train speckled with flecks of gold.
Campbell also became involved in reality television through the modelling competition The Face and its international offshoots. In the U. She also hosted the British version of the show, which aired on Sky Living later that same year, and The Face Australia , which ran on Fox8 in In , Campbell covered the May issue of Vogue Australia, the September issue of Vogue Japan, and the November issue of Vogue Turkey; the latter two were special editions celebrating Campbell and fellow supermodels.
In , Campbell signed on as a recurring character in the Fox drama Empire as Camilla Marks, a fashion designer and love interest to Hakeem Lyon, portrayed by Bryshere Y. In , as every year, the international fashion community honors the best and brightest in American design at the CFDA Fashion Awards. Despite her status as the most famous black model of her time, Campbell never earned the same volume of advertising assignments as her white colleagues,  and she was not signed by a cosmetics company until as late as It is a problem and I can't go along any more with brushing it under the carpet.
This business is about selling, and blonde and blue-eyed girls are what sells. A decade later, she again spoke out against discrimination, stating, "The American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally. In an open letter to the governing bodies of global fashion weeks, they named high-profile designers who used just one or no models of color in their fall shows, calling it a "racist act".
Campbell is involved with several charitable causes. She supports the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund , for which she organised a benefit Versace fashion show in Campbell, whose mother has battled breast cancer, also supports Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In , Campbell founded the charity We Love Brazil, which aims to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty in Brazil through the sale of fabrics made by local women. In , the charity teamed up with YOOX China and leading global and Chinese fashion designers, including Phillip Lim and Masha Ma , to design Chinese-themed T-shirts to help fund its efforts and the various international charities it works with.
She has since joined the charity's patron, Sarah Brown , the wife of former British prime minister Gordon Brown , on several missions to promote maternal health. Campbell has received recognition for her charitable work. In , she was named an ambassador of Rio de Janeiro by mayor Cesar Maia in recognition of her efforts to fight poverty in Brazil.
Campbell has been convicted of assault on four occasions, after she was accused 11 times of committing acts of violence against employees, associates and other individuals between and During the first such case, heard in February , Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to assaulting her personal assistant with a mobile phone in September Campbell paid her former employee an undisclosed sum and agreed to attend anger management classes; her record was cleared in exchange for her expressing remorse. In January , Campbell pleaded guilty in New York to assaulting her former housekeeper, who had accused Campbell of throwing a BlackBerry personal organiser at her in March Campbell was sentenced to pay her former employee's medical expenses, attend an anger management program, and perform five days of community service with New York's sanitation department.
In June , Campbell pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers at London Heathrow Airport two months earlier; she had kicked and spat at the officers following an argument about her lost luggage.
In August , Campbell made a highly publicised appearance at a war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam. She was called to give evidence on a " blood diamond " she allegedly received from Taylor during a Nelson Mandela Children's Fund function in However, her account was contradicted by testimonies from Farrow, her former agent Carole White and former Children's Fund director Jeremy Ratcliffe.
Campbell, who has never met her biological father, regards record producers Quincy Jones and Chris Blackwell as adopted father figures. In , she became engaged to U2 bassist Adam Clayton. They met in February of that year, after Clayton, when asked in an interview if there was anything in the world he desired but did not have, responded: "A date with Naomi Campbell".
Campbell and Clayton separated the following year. In , Campbell entered rehab after a five-year cocaine drug addiction and alcohol addiction. Of her choice to first use the drug in , Campbell said in , "I was having fun. I was living this life of travelling the world and having people just give you anything. It's a very nasty drug. In , Campbell successfully claimed a breach of confidence against the Daily Mirror , after the newspaper published a report of her drug addiction, including a photograph of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
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