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Naomi Campbell

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Birthdate: May 22, 1970
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Naomi Campbell (born May 22, 1970) is an English supermodel, actress, singer, and author of Jamaican descent.

Campbell was born in London, England. Her mother, Valerie, was a ballet dancer of Jamaican heritage, who told Arena in 1996 that her daughter's unnamed father is a multi-racial man of part-Chinese descent.

She attended Dunraven School, a comprehensive school run by Inner London Education Authority in Streatham and attended the London Academy for Performing Arts.

A graduate of the Italia Conti Academy stage school, Campbell's first appearance to a wider public was in February 1978 when she was cast as a pupil to appear in a music video with Bob Marley for his song "Is This Love?". In 1982, she appeared in another music video, this time as a tap dancer for Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya".

Her charity work mainly focuses on the children and people of Africa, including working with Nelson Mandela, since 1997. She feels her greatest joys in life is knowing Mandela and that his kindness, passion and intelligence make him a modern world leader. In 2005, she helped to create and participate in 'Fashion Relief' for Hurricane Katrina victims, raising over a million dollars.

Aged 15 and while still a student of the Italia Conti Stage School, Campbell was spotted by Beth Boldt, former head of Synchro models agency, window-shopping in Covent Garden. In April 1986, she appeared on the cover of Elle, replacing a black model who canceled out of the appearance. By August 1988, she had appeared on the cover of the French Vogue as that publication's first black cover girl, and she had completed campaigns for Ralph Lauren and François Nars.

In 1999 Campbell developed the Design House of Naomi Campbell that created beauty products. So far Campbell has created seven fragrances for women mostly based in Europe. In 2000 Campbell introduced her first perfume "Naomi Campbell" and "Naomagic" a combination of Campbell's name and the word magic. In 2001 Campbell introduced her third perfume "Cat Deluxe" and in 2003 came "Mystery." A year later a fourth fragrance was made "Sunset" and in 2005 another tropical themed titled fragrance was made "Paradise Passion." Campbell's latest fragrance is a new version of her Cat Deluxe perfume called "Cat Deluxe At Night".

In February 2001 pictures were published in the Daily Mirror newspaper showing Campbell leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in London. In March 2002 Campbell sued the paper citing a breach of confidentiality, since she was receiving treatment for drug addiction at the time. The Mirror claimed that the pictures were in the public interest as Campbell had denied having a drug problem publicly and had, up to that point, not been known or demonstrated to be a drug addict. The High Court ruled in Campbell's favour and the Mirror was ordered to pay £3,500 in damages (although legal costs were thought to be around £500,000.) In October 2002, the Mirror won an Appeal Court ruling that the photographs were indeed in the public interest. Campbell was ordered to pay the costs of the Mirror's legal fees, a cost of around £350,000. However, in May 2004 the Law Lords overturned the Appeal Court ruling by a 3 to 2 majority, which reinstated the High Court's original decision, and Campbell was rewarded £3,500 and the £350,000 legal costs. The Mirror's legal cost is thought to be over £1,000,000. The case is also thought to be a landmark in the rights of celebrities to privacy.


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