Naomi Campbell: biography
Naomi Campbell is a British supermodel of African-Jamaican descent. Naomi also tried her hand as an actress and singer and won the recognition of viewers too.
Naomi Campbell was born in May 1970 in Streatham, London. Naomi does not know her father. The parents divorced when the baby was not even half a year. Her mother was an African-Jamaican ballerina, Valerie Morris. Following her mother's wishes, Campbell has never met her father.
Valerie married again when her daughter was a teenager. Either being a teenager, or Naomi’s famous bad temper led to constant quarrels with her stepfather. However, the girl had a complicated relationship with her classmates and teachers at school. Later, Naomi Campbell admitted that her irritable mood was the result of her mother and father’s divorce.
A babysitter took care of Naomi during her childhood because Valerie toured a lot. The daughter got the flexibility and body mobility from her mother. At the age of seven, the young dancer appeared in one of the music videos for legendary Bob Marley’s "Is This Love." At 10, Campbell began attending a ballet school and decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
When the mother married again, the girl tried to come home later. After lessons, she walked through the streets of London as well as through her beloved Covent Garden. Beth Boldt, a scout of one of the Paris modeling agencies, saw the tall and flexible mulatto who looked like a young black panther. A year later, in 1985, Naomi Campbell went to shoot in the French capital. Her mother made the condition that designer Azzedine Alaïa should take care of the daughter. Soon Elite Magazine cast the Briton.
In 1986, Naomi Campbell appeared on the cover of famous Elle Magazine. But not only natural beauty, grace and parameters (Naomi's height is 175 cm, the weight is 51 kg) helped the girl to get on the cover of the cult edition. Naomi had to replace a dark-haired girl who had not come to the shooting. Thus, Campbell was the first black model to appear on the cover of the magazine. From that moment, Naomi Campbell’s modeling career began.
Her exotic beauty became famous, and the 16-year-old girl got a lot of tempting offers. The face of the dark-skinned British woman appeared on the covers of French Magazine Vogue and English Magazine Time.
Soon Naomi Campbell became the leading model of the most famous fashion shows. The beautiful exotic lady walked the catwalk for such designers as Versace, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana. She was called the Black Panther due to her manner of walking the catwalk. In the 1990s Naomi was at the peak of popularity. She was amongst the top six of the most popular and expensive models of the world.
In 1995, the British model debuted as a singer. One of her singles “La, La, La Love Song” topped the Japanese charts. The same year, Naomi Campbell's album Babywoman was released. The British model appeared in music videos of such famous singers like Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Madonna and George Michael.
Since the late 1980s, Campbell’s acting career has also developed. Her film debut was in 1984. Critics were not enthusiastic about Naomi's acting, but directors readily invite her into their films, as this increase their rankings and box office sales enormously.
At the same time, Naomi found time to act as a TV host in reality show, where inexperienced students turned into real fashion designers. The project was released in 2003 and received excellent ratings.
Famous beauty brands call their perfumes in honor of the supermodel. Perfumes Sunset, Cat Deluxe, Paradise Passion, Naomi Campbell, Naomi Campbell Mystery, and Exult have great success.
Naomi Campbell worked as a restaurateur too. She founded a chain of restaurants Fashion Cafe together with Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, and Christy Turlington. But three years later, the restaurants went bankrupt and closed.
The dark-skinned model, nicknamed the Black Panther, often demonstrates the temper similar to this predator. Scandals with Naomi Campbell occur frequently, and tabloids cover them in details. Her anger and mood swings bring Naomi the dubious glory of the chief troublemaker of the show business.
In 2007, the model was sentenced to attend anger management program and perform five-day community service due to her crazy temper. The court punished Campbell for beating a maid. But the punishment and the courses did not help, because next year Naomi Campbell spat in the face of a security guard at the airport. The policeman tried to calm the outraged star who lost her baggage. This incident led Naomi to the anger and self-management program again.
Naomi Campbell’s private life is abundant in love affairs. She dated many famous men. In the late 1980s, the model dated Mike Tyson. There were rumors of her short love affair with Sylvester Stallone. Naomi Campbell had long-lasting relationships with the Spanish dancer, Joaquin Cortes. When Cortes broke up with Naomi, she was depressed for a long time. There were rumors about an attempted suicide. The love affair with musician Adam Clayton helped the British model to return to a quiet life. But these relations did not lead to marriage.
Eric Clapton and Prince Albert II are among her former lovers too. After the relationships with Prince Albert II, the model addicted to drugs. She got rid of it in a specialized clinic for six months.
Naomi admitted to journalists that she liked adult men. She loves their wisdom, independence and "paternal qualities." Perhaps it explains her marriages with Robert de Niro and Flavio Briatore, who presented the beloved woman a yacht.
The love affair with Russian oligarch Vladislav Doronin, whom she met in Brazil, had a separate place in Naomi's private life. Doronin even left his wife for Campbell. In turn, the British supermodel was ready to adopt Orthodoxy to get married in the church.
In 2011, all tabloids wrote about their engagement and stated that Naomi would soon have a Russian husband. But the wedding did not happen. In 2012 it became known that Vladislav and Naomi separated, and in 2013 the representatives of the model officially announced the breakup. Later, it transpired that Doronin presented Naomi an expensive mansion in the shape of a yacht near Moscow.
Naomi has not given birth to children in any of these relations. However, the model said in an interview in 2017 that she was ready to become a mother and had thought about children many times, but she could not find a worthy candidate for the role of father.
Naomi Campbell now
Naomi Campbell does not hide that she wears wigs both on the catwalk and in everyday life. It is necessary because the model’s hair is weak, brittle and continually falls out. Ill-wishers associate it with Campbell’s age, but the model explains the hair loss with her profession. Modeling and acting career forced the woman to dye her hair many times, always use hot hairstyle and hair extensions that spoiled her hair.
Nowadays wigs have become an essential part of Campbell’s image and do not prevent the supermodel from participating in the photo sessions. The supermodel wears wigs in everyday life and tries not to allow the paparazzi to photograph Naomi's natural hair. Fans counted a dozen models of wigs that help Campbell to change the image every day.
In 2016, the model impressed fans with an attractive appearance at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Fans have written compliments about the model's body on Instagram, claiming that time doesn’t leave marks on the black-skinned actress. Naomi Campbell’s official account on Instagram is very popular. 4,2 million subscribers follow the model’s profile that has more than a thousand photos and videos.
In January 2017, Campbell told on the Wendy Williams Show about the attack and attempted murder in Paris. Naomi admitted that she had been silent for so long because she was still frightened by this incident.
In 2017, Naomi starred in a provocative photo shoot for Sorbet Magazine. The 46-year-old supermodel appeared nude, proving that she could still challenge young rebels. The photographs of nude Campbell caused a stir in the press and on the Internet, but the photo session got mostly positive reviews. Admirers and critics admitted that the model’s body allowed Naomi to pose nude even at that age.
In May 2017, Naomi visited the Cannes Film Festival, where the model became the initiator of the Fashion For Relief charity runway. Besides Campbell, Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova, and Antonio Banderas walked along the catwalk.
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- Miami Rhapsody
- New York Undercover
- Prisoner of Love
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