You know that saying, “you can only be young once, but you can be immature forever”? That definitely seems to apply to Naomi Campbell.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan of hers for years. Why wouldn’t I be? She was the first black model on the cover of French Vogue (I can’t believe it took that magazine until 1988 to have a black model on the cover, especially after great models like Donyale Luna, Beverly Johnson, and Iman).
Fun fact: her first on-camera appearance was at what looks like the most fun children’s birthday party ever, in Bob Marley’s video for “Is This Love?”
She’s been on countless magazine covers, runways, advertising campaigns, and music videos. She also has done amazing charity work for AIDS, and alongside Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Especially since Naomi is dark-skinned with bold ethnic features, it was inspiring to see her breaking down doors for other black models to follow.
I thought she was the hotness in “In the Closet,” the Michael Jackson video that almost had me convinced that he was still sexy.(remember when Michael used to be sexy, y’all? Anyone? Anyone?)
I was so mesmerized by Naomi and her supermodel pack in George Michael’s Freedom 90 video.
There’s no denying that Naomi Campbell is the epitome of gorgeous. It’s a real shame that she seems to be such a terrible person. Perhaps it was her upbringing – an acute combination of beauty, fame, and wealth seems to have a detrimental effect on teenagers. Just look at Britney, Paris, and La Lohan’s current path of destruction for proof.
Now Naomi’s life seems to have become a nonstop barrage of lawsuits and accusations of violence. When it gets to the point where you have a teeshirt printed making light of your disgusting reputation, you know you’ve got a problem. I mean, Whitney never strutted around in a “Crack is Wack” hoodie, to the best of my recollection.
Perhaps if Naomi had shown some damn contrition and honestly made an attempt to grow up into a better person, she wouldn’t be in the mess she’s in now. Again. I mean, what more excuses does she have? How many people need to come forth and accuse Naomi Campbell of attacking them before she gets the help (or meds, or perhaps just a good old-fashioned beatdown) that she can’t seem to find?
I read this article, which outlines her current legal battle, and it seems that she might actually be facing some jail time, not to mention deportation. Here she is going to court again. I swear, it’s like a rerun.
What disgusted me the most about this recent accusation is the prejudice she displayed to this understandably disgruntled housekeeper. I don’t know about you bellas, but if someone I worked for screamed things like “You are not in the Third World anymore, stupid!” at me, I would have no choice but to get gangsta on her.
So many supermodels have sad endings to their meteoric careers. Donyale Luna died young, drug addled, and racially confused, Gia Carangi lost her way because of drugs, and succumbed to AIDS, Beverly Peele is facing serious identity fraud charges, and Kate Moss seems hell bent on making a matrimonial mistake of Whitney and Britney proportions.
At the end of her career, what will Naomi Campbell’s legacy be? I hope that she’ll wind up taking the Iman road, finding love and success while maintaining her grace and beauty. As of right now it seems likely that she’ll wind up having her history of violence overshadow the great work she did in her modeling career.
Looks fade, Naomi, and beauty comes from within. I hope the prospect of serious career and legal repercussions serve as the wake-up call you so obviously need.