One of the original supermodels
, Naomi Campbell encapsulates the glamour, power and innovation of the world of high fashion. From her early success in the fashion industry as a young woman, Naomi Campbell has gone on to become one of the most famous and recognised models in the world, gracing the pages of fashion magazines everywhere and ruling the runways of Paris, Milan and New York. She was the first black model to ever feature on the cover of French Vogue
and Time Magazine
and has been shot for countless editorials and campaigns, modelling for designers Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace, to name just a few. Along with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell defined the word supermodel and epitomised the new, powerful and independent woman of the 1980s and 1990s. Her hypnotic beauty and allure have made her the muse of many fashion photographers, including such luminaries as Ellen von Unwerth
, Helmut Newton
and Mario Testino
.TASCHEN’s two-volume Collector’s Edition book
celebrates Naomi Campbell’s remarkable career and contribution to fashion, with a sculptural cover created by pop artist Allen Jones
. Not just a beautiful face and stunning body, TASCHEN’s publication also captures Naomi Campbell the entrepreneur, activist, and provocateur. As a successful businesswoman, her perfumes continue to be coveted and her reality television show, The Face
, solidified her reputation as a formidable leader and a force to be reckoned with. Naomi cannot be defined solely be her fame though. The megamodel has earned respect and admiration for her ongoing charity work, including Fashion for Relief, a cause she founded which organises fund-raising fashion shows.
Naomi Campbell’s recent activism reflects back on the very business that launched her own career and ascent to stardom. She has been among the first to call out the racism that continues to linger in the fashion industry as well as the double standards imposed upon women of all colors through participation in the social media movement #FreeTheNipple. The ‘first’ black supermodel, Naomi Campbell is not just the face of fashion but the force of change and creativity that drives it.