by Jeremy Danté

shot by jan welters for magazine antidote’s icons issue, the only real icon in the models cast for the issue is naomi campbell. celebrating her 42nd birthday just last week, the iconic campbell has flown above & beyond industry shelf life for a model by proving that she is still as in demand in fashion today. with over fashion 25 years in the game under her belt, naomi is hailed as holy in this new editorial which accompanies her cover for magazine antidote’s latest issue. with direction by editor-in-chief, yann weber, ms. campbell is seen decked in white looking as flawless as ever. in recent years, my appreciation for the legendary supermodels of the 90’s has thickened. i remember growing up & not really being phased by the presence of naomi or linda evangelista, i expected to see cindy crawford & thought christy turlington was only a simple beauty. as i grew up, i began to realize the cultural effect these women had on society & have affectionately recognized that naomi is the only female in that colossal grouping to represent women of color. sure we had beverly johnson or iman, we had tyra shortly there after but none had quite paved the way in which naomi has.

naomi started out real young, making a cameo in a music video for bob marley’s “is this love”. she was seven. growing up with her dancer mother in rome, naomi originally hails from south london & is a british jamaican. scouted to model in 1986, campbell has said that her first visit to a modeling agency is where she met christy turlington & the two soon hit it off, being around the same age at the time. naomi’s career took off shortly after she was scouted & by the age of 16 she was a working model. alongside christy turlington & linda evangelista, the three formed what was widely regarded in fashion as ‘the trinity’. the three were often seen together sharing bookings & sharing the spotlight for what models aspired to be, supermodels. naomi has been vocal about turlington & evangelista’s support of her, saying that she would not have been able to have the career she has had without their help. turlington & evangelista made history by demanding that naomi book the same shows they did, or they would not participate. this visibility on the part of naomi rocked the fashion world & broke barriers in the process. naomi became the first black female to grace the cover of french vogue, after designer yves saint laurent threatened to pull advertisements for his label from the magazine, if they did not give naomi campbell a cover. a trailblazer in many forms, naomi campbell has & continues to pave the way for women of color, taking a fearless approach in addressing in the press, the hardships that models of color face in the world of fashion.

while this spread by magazine antidote fares well in comparison to her other work, it’s not even about the fuckn spread- it’s the fact that naomi is still working & is still visible on the scene today. while many of naomi’s model homegirls have either retired or moved into other facets of business, naomi remains on top of her game, appearing in campaigns & in magazines every year, every season. in the world of modeling, there is no greater icon, for me, than naomi campbell. her contribution, not only to fashion, but for the visiblity of black women in high end & commercial media has truly changed the lives & broadened the career scope for so many individuals, both working & aspring. today, naomi thrives in relevance appearing in music videos & working as an editor for russian vogue. her personal life has become a spectacle & is still an active interest for the public, inside & far beyond the walls of high fashion. when you see her on the runway, it’s still a jaw dropper. it’s that effect that true stars have when they are in your presence. with regard to poise & unending grace, naomi campbell is that bitch. B.I.T.C.H. being in total control of herself. (skip the blackberry jokes, they’re played) in the history books & in these streets, naomi campbell is a living legend. [source]

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