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Naomi Campbell Celebrates 33 Years in Fashion

In our ongoing salute to fashion–and to supermodel Campbell’s longevity in the industry–this month, we are revisiting this April 2019 article.

Instagram/ NEW YORK - JUNE 4, 2018: Naomi Campbell attends the CFDA Awards at the Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018, in New York.

Naomi Campbell is celebrating over three decades in the fashion industry, taking to Instagram to wax poetic about her journey and to thank friends and family for supporting her rise to become one of the world’s top supermodels.

“They said I would only last 11 years, but here I am today celebrating 33 years in the business of fashion,” the timeless beauty wrote. “I feel so blessed and grateful to God. I never thought that there would be a day when I would even convey such a message on social media!”

She added, “To my beautiful mother Valerie Morris @valeriemorriscampbell I thank you for believing in the dreams of a 3 year old and letting me be me. Your love and support has kept me going through good and bad times. I love you mum. To my family and friends that have been with me on this incredible journey throughout these years, stuck by me through thick and thin, you know who you are and I thank you.”

The runway diva went on to share her desire to diversify fashion and change the current conversation when it comes to the industry and Africa.

“I go from plane to plane from city to city almost daily and I’m constantly working. My friends are always telling me to slow down and rest but I’m at a point in my career where my vision is crystal clear, and for now I’m on a mission. A mission to nurture the new and next generation. A mission to ensure that my industry – the fashion industry – is a place that’s diverse and of equal opportunity and I’m on a mission to change the narrative and perception of the great continent of Africa!

“I do believe that I will rest when God wants me to,” Campbell continued, “but until then I’ll keep going!”

Check out the post below.

The British beauty was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of French Vogue in 1988, and she also became the first Black model to grace American Vogue’s coveted September issue in 1989, Glamour reports.

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