naomi campbell became the queen of the runway in spite of a deeply racist industry

May 22, 2018
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It’s Naomi Campbell’s 48th birthday today! She is easily one of the most prolific supermodels of all time. For decades the stunner has been the face of countless campaigns and collections.
Her undeniable ‘star’ quality, professionalism, natural beauty, and skills as a silent photo actress seemed to, at times, transcended limitations in a way that has paved the way for legions of black models to come.
During the 90’s, she was one of the only Black top models in a toxic industry, and one can only imagine the racism she faced:

With a larger-than-life personality, Naomi Campbell’s career is one of that of an unstoppable force, one that has defied white hegemony in a deeply racist fashion world.

Happy Birthday to you, Ms. Naomi!

“I, Naomi Campbell, urge the Sudanese government to pardon rape victim Noura Hussein and show the world, that women who are brutally raped, are the real victims. #JusticeForNoura 🙏🏾”
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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 13: Naomi Campbell walks the Runway at Fashion for Relief Cannes 2018 during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Aeroport Cannes Mandelieu on May 13, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 18: Naomi Campbell walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Menswear Fall/Winter 2018-2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 11: Model Naomi Campbell arrives at the 2017 Winter TCA Tour – FOX All-Star Party at Langham Hotel on January 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)