One of the five original supermodels, Naomi Campbell was born in London and caught her break when she was 15 years old. She has graced the covers of more than 500 magazines during her career, and has been featured in campaigns for Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.
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. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior, and Versace.
Additionally, Campbell has appeared in countless TV shows, music videos and films, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Madonna’s “Erotica,” Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet.”
Campbell began her global charity work with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he named her “Honorary Granddaughter” for her endless activism. In 2005, she established “Fashion For Relief” and hosted its first charity fashion show to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Since its conception “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.
Campbell executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on Oxygen’s acclaimed series The Face, which aired in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. She is currently featured as a recurring guest star on FOX’s breakout hit drama Empire and FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel.
In April 2016, Campbell released a limited, two-volume Collector’s Edition book, The Art of Beauty, designed by British pop art luminary Allen Jones, celebrating her remarkable career amidst the greatest legends of fashion and photography with jaw-dropping images and exclusive autobiographical text.
Campbell has supported amfAR for the last 23 years, beginning with the very first Cinema Against AIDS gala chaired by amfAR’s Founding International Chairman, Elizabeth Taylor. Since then, she has participated in the Foundation’s benefit events in cities around the world, including New York, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Antibes, France. Most recently she served as host for the Inspiration Gala São Paulo in April 2016.