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Campbell, Naomi

Leyla Keough

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170559
Campbell, Naomi

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Fashion critics praise Naomi Campbell as “the Josephine Baker of the 1990s.” Her graceful beauty, natural modeling ability, and magnetism on the catwalk have earned her up to $1 million a year.Campbell was born in London, England, to Jamaican immigrants and raised by her mother in south London. Slender and stunning, she speaks with an Asian accent, attributed to the influence of her Chinese grandmother. When Campbell was fifteen years old, a local modeling agent took one look at her and implored her to sign a modeling contract. At the time, Campbell was attending the prestigious London Academy of Performing Arts. After completing the school year, as her mother insisted, Campbell had her first photo shoot and signed with the Elite Model Management Agency in 1987. In 1989 she became the first black model to appear on the cover of the French Vogue magazine and the widely read September issue of the American Vogue. She has stayed with Elite, except for a two-year hiatus in the mid-1990s.Campbell has expanded her creative repertoire, singing and appearing in music videos. She has also acted in movies, most recently in Ready to Wear (1994), Miami Rhapsody (1995), and Prisoner of Love (1999), and on television shows in the United States and Britain. Campbell published her autobiography, Naomi, in 1996.

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