Naomi Campbell To Be Honored as the Black Girl Magic Celebrant

Black Girl Magic Celebrant

Written by BET Staff

Published August 21, 2018

"I like words like transformation, reinvention, and chameleon. Because one word I don't like is predictable." - Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell, a larger than life name - without question. Campbell is one of the five original supermodels in the fashion industry. Naomi was born in London and studied at Italia Conti Academy stage school. After appearing in music videos for Bob Marley and Culture Club, she received her big break, signing with Synchro modeling agency at the early age of 15 years old. She has graced numerous covers of more than 500 magazines during her career, from campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino, just to name a few. 

She was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. She's always dominated each and every runway, as she showcased the collections from the world's top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace. 

Additionally, Campbell has ventured off outside of fashion and appeared in countless TV shows, music videos and films, including "Empire," "Star," "Zoolander 2," "New York Undercover," "The Cosby Show," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Madonna’s "Erotica," Michael Jackson's "In The Closet," along with many other projects. Campbell was the executive producer and coach on the reality TV series, The Face, about three models embarking on a quest to find the newest face in the modelling world. In addition to modeling, Campbell has also pursued a music career, which was particularly successful in Japan; and her hit "Love and Tears" peaked on the charts.

Aside from her many career ventures, Campbell is a well known philanthropist, and has raised incredible amount of funds and hosted and participated in charity work in South Africa and across the globe. She this passionate work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he named her his "Honorary Granddaughter" for her endless social activism.

Naomi Campbell has also established Fashion For Relief, an organization that hosts charity fashion shows to raise funds for victims natural disasters. Since its conception in 2005, Fashion For Relief has presented shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam, and has raised millions of dollars for various causes. 

Naomi Campbell's work speaks for itself, and she continues to be a formidable force in the world of fashion, and has used her success to establish herself as an entrepreneur whilst always helping others in need through her charity work. Her legacy is still being written and that is magic at its finest!