Happy Birthday Naomi Campbell
The super is turning 44-years-old
Now a woman with a net worth of around $48 million, and a hugely influential name to know in fashion... Naomi Campbell is the daughter of a Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris, born into humble beginnings in Streatham, South London in 1970, exactly 44-years-ago today.
She began modelling at age of 15 and soon took the industry by storm and became the first black woman on the cover of French Vogue. Campbell established herself among the top three most recognisable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s, and she was one of the 'big six' models of her generation declared true supermodels by the fashion world - referred to with simply their Christian names; 'Naomi' was joined by 'Kate' (Moss), 'Cindy' (Crawford), 'Claudia' (Schiffer), 'Linda' (Evangelista), and 'Christy' (Turlington).
Another, land much later, little known fact is that she is credited with bringing Zac Posen's designs into the public eye for the first time, after happened to discover his work and wore a gown he made for her.
These days she is still enjoying a high profile - and sometimes fiery - life in the spotlight, balanced by her activities to help those in need, often focussing on the welfare of children in Africa - she worked closely with Nelson Mandela since 1997 until his recent passing.
Happy Birthday to the inimitable Naomi Campbell!