In May 2021, world-renowned supermodel Naomi Campbell shocked the world with the announcement that she had become a mother, now nine months after, a groundbreaking career spanning almost four decades and almost 35 years since she made her grand debut on the cover of British Vogue, from keeping her motherhood journey almost totally private, the 51-year-old
is introducing her daughter to the world for the very first time through the lens of the magazine she holds dearly to heart.
On the path to motherhood, the model, 51, speaking up for the very first time about her now 9-month-old daughter states categorically putting to rest unfounded rumours:
“She wasn’t adopted – she’s my child,” the model tells British Vogue, adding that not many people knew she was going to become a mom at the time.
“I can count on one hand the number of people who knew that I was having her,” she shares. “But she is the biggest blessing I could ever imagine. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Campbell revealing further disclosed I “always knew that one day I would be a mother”
“…it’s the biggest joy I could ever imagine. I’m lucky to have her and I know that,” later answering “why not?” to the idea of adding more kids to her family.
On how its been so far juggling modeling and motherhood:
“I’m lucky my little one loves to travel like me – no whimpering taking off or landing,” she says, proudly. “She’s a good girl: she sleeps very well, she hardly ever cries and I’m told she’s very alert for her age. She’s just started waving, which is fun. She laughs a lot. She’s almost talking,” she says, adding, “I think she might walk before she crawls. And she’s got six teeth already.” Some grumbles through teething, then? “None! She’s a trooper.” Truly a model baby. A supermodel’s model baby.
“I’m reliving nursery rhymes, playing and discovering how many great new toys there are out there in the world! And dolls! Things I couldn’t even dream of,” she adds
Asked what her biggest surprise is as a new mom, Campbell replies, “My daughter comes first,” she answers. “Everything I do, I do for her – that’s it. It’s so completely selfless, isn’t it?” Does she want more? “Why not?” she says, laughing. “Why not?”
This season, between Paris, Milan and London, Naomi walked in shows for Versace, Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Lanvin , looking back on the whole experience right now after decades in the industry she says:
“I still enjoy it but it’s nerve-racking! Because I’m 51 years old walking with girls who are 18!” She’s being generous. No one – but no one – commands a runway like Naomi, then or now. Was it more fun back then? “Of course! Because you’re with your girls,” she explains, referring to Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington. “It’s great to be with these young ’uns at my age, but I have to say, at one of the shows I was like, ‘Come on, girls! Pick up your feet! Why are you walking so slow?’ I definitely feel like my time was more joyful. We smiled. We got to show off our personalities.”
On the runway reign in the 90s she adds” It was an incredible time,” she says “But we worked hard. And no matter how many outfit changes, how many shows, we never said we were tired. We did right shows a day and then we would go and celebrate with the designers in the evening. I wonder sometimes if models now could have kept up with us.”