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Naomi Campbell: Snapshot

Name
Naomi Campbell
Date of Birth
May 22, 1970
Birth Place
London, England
For all of her accomplishments, model Naomi Campbell will best be remembered for making a Blackberry an assault weapon. In 2007, after years of court battles over her temper, the supermodel performed five days of community servicedecked out in couture – for throwing her jewel-encrusted phone at her former maid.

Within two years of being discovered in London, the British stunner became the first black model to grace the cover of British Vogue. Then, in 1992, designer Gianni Versace sent Campbell – alongside Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista – down his catwalk and the supermodel phenomenon was born. The gorgeous model has had her pick of rich and famous boyfriends, including Mike Tyson, Robert De Niro, and Usher.

Naomi Campbell: Five Fun Facts

  1. In 1978, Naomi Campbell was plucked out of a children's party in north London to appear in Bob Marley's "Is This Love" music video.
  2. In March 1997, Naomi Campbell – who in 1994 appeared naked in a PETA ad featuring the tag line: "We'd rather go naked than wear fur" – strutted down the Fendi runway in a fur coat. PETA called her "a disgrace."
  3. In 1988, Naomi Campbell had a recurring role on The Cosby Show, playing Julia, the girl Theo Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) yearned to date.
  4. Naomi Campbell picks up modeling pointers from transvestites at nightclubs. "I think transvestites are the ones who understand me best," she told PEOPLE in 1991. "I think they're the best runway models ever."
  5. On the last day of shooting Michael Jackson's "In the Closet" music video, Naomi Campbell and the singer had a whipped cream fight.

Naomi Campbell: Biography

1987-1988

Naomi Campbell

Race Matters in Modeling

Campbell becomes the first black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue in 1987 and French Vogue in 1988. She struggles with discrimination but fellow models Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista (right) stand up for her. According to Campbell, Turlington told Dolce & Gabbana, "If you don't use Naomi, you don't get us."

1993

Naomi Campbell

February

Campbell Nabs U2 Rocker

Campbell, 22, bumps into U2's Adam Clayton (left) on a flight to the Grammy Awards. This comes after reading an article where Clayton, asked if there was anything in the world he desired but didn't have, responded: a date with Naomi Campbell. In April, the Irish rocker proposes to the British supermodel over the phone, but they call off their engagement in August.

Naomi Campbell

March 17

Naomi Tumbles on Runway

A giggling Campbell falls off 10-inch platform boots at Vivienne Westwood's runway show in Paris. The lace-up boots go on display in London's Victoria & Albert Museum, and Campbell uses another pair as a doorstopper in her London flat.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Ron Galella/WireImage; REX USA; REX USA

Edited by Julia Wang

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