Naomi Campbell, a life for fashion. The black Venus is fifty-two years old

Naomi never stopped. On May 22, the Black Venus turns 52 and his schedule is as busy as before. It’s always there guest star of events, unrivaled face of the generation of models he forged, never in competition with younger colleagues. She still parades, often closing her friends’ fashion shows with an acclaimed twist, not necessarily wearing the most spectacular dress in the collection but expressing the quintessence of modeling.

Mom after fifty

Speaking of twists, to everyone’s amazement, Naomi Campbell announced last year that she had become mom of a very tender little girl on whom the intimacy is great, so much so that she has not yet revealed her name. The only photos that represent her with the baby, which the model clarified not having adoptedare those paparazzi – where you see little more than a bundle – or the more official cover the 52-year-old gave to British vogue last March.


Naomi Campbell: “This is my daughter, she’s not adopted.” On the cover of Vogue

by Giulia Mattioli

“I’m lucky, she likes to travel with me”, confides the mother Naomi, who takes the baby with her and does not exclude that one day the family will grow. on her private life. The identity of the current partner is unknown and if there really is one.

From U2 bassist Adam Clayton to Flavio Briatore, Naomi Campbell’s exes are famous, but no one has ever managed to walk her down the aisle. In several interviews, the top model mentioned having favored a career over love and having given up, in any case, the search for a soul mate. Curiosity about her, however, shows no signs of abating and it’s not uncommon for her to be credited with unlikely flirtations.

A life for fashion

Naomi Campbell in 1999

Naomi Campbell in 1999

The birthday of Black Venus gives us the opportunity to reflect ongroundbreaking impact of her figure in the fashion world.
When she got her start in fashion, Naomi was already comfortable with cameras and lenses. She started as a child, at just 8 years old, appearing in Bob Marley’s music video Is it love. Before becoming a model, the baby Campbell – surname taken from the partner of his mother, who left her during the pregnancy – aspired to singing and comedy. When she was born in London in 1970 with Afro-Jamaican origins and without ever knowing his father, he followed his mother to Italy, to Rome. During his childhood, he attended several drama and dance academies. The acting career then accompanied her over the years, without however obtaining the same sounding board as in fashion.

In 1986, it was a cover of the British edition of She serve as a springboard, so much so that great designers such as Gianni Versace and Azzedine Alaïa did not hesitate, shortly after, to recruit her for fashion shows. At the end of the eighties, with Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, constitutes the most requested trio of the time, the famous Trinity. Since then, she has paraded for the biggest brands in the world.

At the end of 1987, Naomi Campbell marked theThe return of a black woman on the cover at the top vogue, a rarity for this historic moment. In fact, it had only happened once, more than twenty years earlier, that an African-American model, Donyale Luna muse of Andy Warhol, poses for the British edition of the magazine, while in 1974 beverly johnson reached the finish line on Vogue us.

With her now dominant presence on the most important fashion stages, Naomi has indeed normalized a beauty considered still different, through a not always easy fight, played as well as with breathtaking fashion shows by embracing the cause of various associations against racial discrimination and poverty in Africa. And if the supermodel has never met her biological father, her commitment has earned her the adoption of great men like Nelson Mandela, who called her his “granddaughter of honor”.

The Off-White, Louis Vuitton, Balmain and Versace fashion shows to name only the most recent. Unmissable parties like the Met Gala, where the look curated by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry dresses her in crystals up to her face, or the Prince’s Trust Gala, also in New York, where she wears a sumptuous dress Custom made purple by Valentino. On each occasion, the Black Venus reconfirms itself as unmatched, even more so after the 1950s.

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