Naomi Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is a British model.
She was born to a Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance to her mother’s wishes, Campbell has never met her father.
Campbell’s first public appearance came at the age of seven, in 1978, when she was featured in the music video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.”
She was scouted at the age of 15, by fashion practitioners, and went on to establish herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She was also one of the six models of her generation declared “supermodels” by the fashion world. As the most famous black model of her time, Campbell has been outspoken throughout her career against the racial bias that exists in the fashion industry.
Her personal life is widely reported, particularly her affairs with famous men—including boxer Mike Tyson and actor Robert De Niro, and had several high-profile assault convictions.
Campbell is also involved with several charitable causes, like supporting the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for which she organized a benefit Versace fashion show in 1998.
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president has famously referred to the “black model” as his honouraly-daughter.