Naomi Campbell’s fearless and outspoken personality is a fierce as her catwalk prowess. Climbing the ranks to one of the world’s biggest supermodels, not to mention entrepreneurial endeavours and producing for TV, the star has many platforms through which to make waves in the industry.
As the London-born model celebrates her 45th birthday on Friday, we take a look back at some of the best quotes she has reportedly said…
From the moment she was scouted at just 15 years old, it was clear that Naomi was destined for fame – barely a year later she was already covering major fashion magazines and began walking on the runways of major designers from Versace to Azzedine Alaia.
By the 1980s, she was established as one of the most recognisable and in-demand models of her generation, part of the close-knit ‘Trinity’ of supermodels alongside Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista.
“I’ve been at the top of the modelling industry for more than 20 years,” she once said. “I know what it takes.”
Off the runway, Naomi has firmly established herself as a business force to be reckoned with, producing TV shows such as The Face, and even making a guest appearance on hit show Empire. Her latest coup sees her starring in her own web series, which she will also be producing.
“I think there’s something so unpredictable and … spontaneous about her,” said Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee. “But my favourite part about Naomi is that a lot of people don’t know how hysterical she is, full of bites. You’ve seen her on TV before and she’s always so funny and really engaging.”
She also works tirelessly for charity raising funds for those needing help after natural disasters with her Fashion For Relief campaign, and continually fights to break down barriers in the industry – she was the first black model to star on the cover of Vogue.