Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black History Month: Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is a British model. Campbell started her career in the 1980s and is considered a supermodel having regularly appeared on the catwalks of Milan and Paris as well as on over 500 covers for such magazines as Vogue Italia, Japanese VogueEllei-DGlamourHarper's BazaarInterviewWVanity Fair and GQ. She was the first black cover model for French Vogue Paris and Time magazine (Europe), and the second for British Vogue magazine. Campbell is also known for a series of legal issues and less known for her extensive charity work. In Europe, Campbell is also known for the perfumes associated with her name.

Campbell is signed to IMG Models (New York City), TESS management (London), Marilyn Agency (Paris), and D'management Group(Milan).
Campbell's successful modelling career, in some respects unprecedented for a black model, made her one of the most recognizable and in-demand models of her generation. During the so-called supermodel era of the early 1990s, she was part of the "Big Six", alongside Cindy CrawfordClaudia SchifferChristy TurlingtonLinda Evangelista and Kate Moss, and "The Trinity", alongside Turlington and Evangelista. On an episode of reality show America's Next Top Model, friend and former alleged rival Tyra Banks once described Campbell's body as one of the "best in the business."

Campbell's first public appearance came at age 7 in February 1978 when she was cast as a pupil to appear in a music video for Bob Marley's song "Is This Love" In 1982, she appeared in another music video, this time as a tap dancer for Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya".
At age 15 and while still a student at the Italia Conti Academy, Campbell was spotted by Beth Boldt, a former Ford model and head of the Synchro model agency, while window-shopping in Covent Garden. Campbell soon opted to become a full-time model, signing with Elite Model Management. Campbell started as a catwalk model and was quickly hired for various high-profile advertising campaigns, including Lee Jeans and Olympus Corporation, which introduced her to the American market. Campbell also completed campaigns forRalph Lauren and François Nars. At age 15 in April 1986, Campbell appeared on the cover of Elle, replacing model Veronica Webb who had cancelled out of the appearance.
In August 1988, she appeared on the cover of French Vogue as the publication's first black cover girl, after friend and mentor, Yves St. Laurent, threatened to withdraw all of his advertising from the publication after it refused to place Campbell, or any black model, on its cover. She was also the first black model on the cover of Time magazine (TIME Magazine Europe 9/18/91).
Campbell became the second black model after Donyale Luna (March 1966 issue) to appear on the cover of British Vogue (December 1987 issue, replacing fellow model Veronica Webb again who apparently declined to work with the magazine), Vogue Nippon, and later Vogue China. Campbell has also posed nude for Playboy and appeared in Madonna's 1992 book Sex, in a set of photos with Madonna and rapper Big Daddy Kane. Campbell has appeared on over 500 magazine covers such as Vogue Italia, Japanese VogueEllei-D,GlamourHarper's BazaarInterviewWVanity Fair and GQ.
Campbell starred in George Michael's music video "Freedom! '90", where she lip-synched to his song along with Linda EvangelistaChristy TurlingtonCindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz. In 1991, she appeared as Michael Jackson's love interest in his music video for "In the Closet". The next year, Campbell appeared in Madonna's music video for "Erotica", which featured filmed footage from photoshoots for the book Sex. Campbell has also appeared in videos for artists such as Michael JacksonNellyJagged EdgeJay-ZP.Diddy,MadonnaThe Notorious B.I.G.Macy GrayPrince and Usher.
In 2008, when talking about the term "supermodel", she said: "Models need to earn their stripes - I just think the term is used a little too loosely . Kate Moss is obviously a supermodel but, after Gisele [Bündchen], I don’t think there’s been one." (in which i wholeheartedly agree!!)
In 2009, Campbell gained a lot of attention when she spoke of the "racist" fashion industry. In an interview with Glamour magazine, Campbell was quoted as saying "You know, 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." 

Since 1997, Campbell has been involved in charity work mainly focused on the people of Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked with Nelson Mandela, and has said that one of her greatest joys in life is knowing Mandela, stating that his kindness, passion and intelligence make him a modern world leader. In 2005, she helped create and participated in Fashion for Relief, raising over a million dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims. On 7 July 2007 she hosted the South African leg of Live Earth in Johannesburg. In 2009 Campbell was awarded the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society by Trinity College, Dublin for her charitable and professional work. Campbell organised a fashion show with 140 fashion designer stars called Fashion for Relief Haiti, in New York on 12 February 2010. In July 2010, she was selected by the international UNESCO committee to receive the “Pyramide Con Mani” Award for her outstanding social commitments. The award was 
given out at the International UNESCO Charity Gala for Children in Need, in Düsseldorf on 30 October 2010. Other awards have included the Black Girls Rock “Fashionista” award in October 2009 for her 25-year-career in fashion, and for her work as global patron of ‘The White Ribbon Alliance’. October 2009 also saw Campbell named as the winner of Russian Glamour Magazine’s 2009 “Woman Of The Year Award” in the International Woman of the Year category, and the “Fashion Icon” award at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Front Row charity event in New York. She received a UK “Elle Style Award” for “Outstanding Contribution” in February 2010 to add to the “Elle Style Award” for ‘Best Model” which she won in 2007. In October 2007, BRAG, The Black Retail Action Group Inc., gave her the “Special Recognition Award” to celebrate her promotion of the acceptance and participation of men and women of colour at all levels of the fashion industry. In 2005 she was awarded the “Marie Claire Prix De La Moda Award” for “Best Model” and a year later in 2006, she picked up the award for “Outstanding Contribution” at the “Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards.”

Campbell’s charity work includes projects with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Quincy Jones' Listen Up Foundation, the UNESCO orphanage in Jamaica, Fidel Castro's Cuban Children's Fund. She is also godmother of the Italian Atlha Onlus association which supports young people with special needs and disabilities. She was named the international ambassador of Rio de Janeiro by the city’s Mayor Cesar Maia. At a meeting in 2006, they agreed to work on various projects for her charity We Love Brazil, which she founded for the children of Brazil. In 2008 she launched a clothing line for Brazilian clothing company Daslu; her collection Naomi 284, supports education programmes for children in the country.










I'm feeling like its a Naomi day!!..... I still want this shirt!!!!!

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