It’s been over 30 years and she is still dominating the runway. The catwalk queen, and fashion icon, Naomi Campbell made sure her return to the Valentino runway was big. Not only did the supermodel close the brand’s Spring 2019 haute couture show today, she did it in high style, wearing a billowing gown that featured a completely sheer bodice and statement-making sleeves. It’s been 14 years since the 48-year-old took to the runway for Valentino and this outing was one way for the veteran to show the world that she’s still got it. It was quite a daring way to end the show. She totally shut it down!

The black Pierpaolo Piccioli creation featured rows of ruffles on a drop-waist gown and a turtleneck top that was completely sheer. Big, bold sleeves added some interest, but there’s no taking away from the fact that Campbell was on full display in the design. 

Naomi is one of the most iconic figures in the fashion world to this day and one of the few African American supermodels at the time. She broke barriers for women of colour in fashion. The London born supermodel caught her break when she was 15 years old. She has graced the covers of more than 500 magazines during her career, and has been featured in campaigns for Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana,
Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.

She was the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine,
French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on
the cover of British Vogue. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections
of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Dior and Versace.

 “It’s all about personality. Boy, have I learned that during my career! Over the years, my personality has most likely caused me to miss out on some jobs and opportunities, but I also know that my strong personality has helped me secure a spot on some of the biggest runways in Paris, land major magazine covers, get hired for international advertising campaigns, and experience lots of firsts as a black model. It’s my personality that has set me apart from other models and land big campaigns — everything from Prada and Dolce & Gabbana to Dunkin’ Donuts and Milk. I think personality is more important today than it was ever before, because big brands want models to do more than simply pose for photo shoots — they want their models to appear in TV ads, conduct media interviews, connect with consumers on social media, and really communicate to customers and sell their brand! Having the right height, size and look will only get a model so far; having a strong personality and being charming and relatable will help a model land big jobs and become a household name,” she says.

She executive produced and appeared as a supermodel coach on Oxygen’s acclaimed series “The Face,” In her role as executive producer, she brought in key fashion designers, photographers, publications, products and contest partners, and created unique, real-life opportunities for the contestants.

Naomi Campbell continues to be a formidable force in the world of fashion and has used her success to establish herself as an entrepreneur whilst always helping others in need through her charity work.

Last year, Naomi hinted at retirement during the Fashion For Relief gala in Cannes: ‘I don’t know if I can walk much longer, it’s been 32 years.’ She went on to discuss passing on the baton to her younger counterparts: ‘But it’s an honour to walk… I’d love for it to be carried on by the younger generation and for me to sit in the audience and watch.’

One of her super fans took to social media and said, “The prospect of a modelling world without Campbell is daunting, as unlike most of the supers, she never fully left the industry. Where many others have taken time off to raise families, rebranded their careers, or simply faded into obscurity, Campbell has nearly remained a constant. Still as relevant now as she was in her ’90s heyday, her career sits at the pinnacle of the industry, from opening doors for black models to serving as a muse for the best designers. To this day, she gets a standing ovation when she deigns to walk a show and makes headlines with each new project.

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