Naomi Campbell, the quintessential supermodel, has graced the covers of over 500 magazines internationally. Even though she officially retired from the catwalk in 1998, which TIME magazine announced as the end of the supermodel era, Campbell is still in demand. Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about her. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: She Scuba Dives
The British Supermodel learned how to scuba dive in 2012. She took several swimming and diving lessons and passed a written test to become a certified professional scuba diver: “The most daring thing I’ve done is learning how to scuba dive last August. I didn’t even know how to swim when I decided that I wanted to learn how to dive.
Number Fourteen: Her Hairstyle Was Inspired by Prince
Campbell is a fan of both Prince’s music and fashion style. The model stopped by The Wendy Williams Show in 2014 and confessed that the singer inspired her afro hair on The View.
Number Thirteen: She Was Featured on a Vanilla Ice Song
Vanilla Ice’s ‘Cool as Ice’ features Naomi Campbell as a backup singer. She also appears in the music video. The song was part of the soundtrack for Vanilla Ice’s film acting debut of the same title (Cool as Ice), also starring Naomi.
Number Twelve: Naomi Campbell Was U.K. Vogue’s First Black Cover
The multi-talented beauty broke new ground in civil rights in the fashion industry. She was the first ever black personality to cover British Vogue in 1987 and French Vogue in 1988. Beverly Johnson was the first model to cover American Vogue.
Number Eleven: She Can’t Sing
Naomi Campbell can sing and, at some point, she thought she could give herself a try at starting a singing career. She released her debut studio album in 1994, which received mostly negative reviews. Japan saved the day by selling over a million copies of the album.
Number Ten: Mandela’s Honorary Daughter
Campbell and Mandela had known each other for over 20 years and became so close he actually named her his honorary granddaughter. The model attended the revolutionary man’s memorial service in South Africa: “I think it’s amazing. Only Nelson Mandela could do something like this. He is the only person who could do this.”
Number Nine: She’s a Ballet Dancer
The beauty studied ballet at London’s Italia Conti Academy for the Arts at 10 years old, four years before she started modeling. At the time, she was following in her mother’s footsteps, who was a professional modern dancer. In 2010, Oprah got her to finally show her dancing skills at Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet.
Number Eight: She Dated Robert De Niro
Actor Robert De Niro and supermodel Naomi Campbell briefly dated in the early ‘90s. It was later rumored that she wanted him to be the father of her children. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!