Naomi Campbell is a mogul. A legend. And, fun fact, one of the original "supermodels." (She, in addition to Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz were considered the Big Five in the height of 1990s fashion mania.) But, most relevant at this current moment in time, today is her 51st birthday.
"Life! I have a blessed life. I choose to live life and not let life live me, so I'm happy in my skin," she told The Cut late last year. "I don't care how hectic it gets and how many planes I have to take, I do what I have to do because I know that I'm blessed. That's it."
Still strong, still outspoken, still arrestingly inspirational. With all these factors, we felt it only fitting to gather together the most iconic beauty moments the supermodel has served up over the years. So, to celebrate Campbell's special day, and her multiple decades' worth of stunning ferocity in both ambition and influence, here are 15 of her best-ever moments. (Prepare for jaw drops.)
The supermodel attended 7th on Sale circle 1990 to benefit AIDS research.
In 1991, Campbell, dripping in Harry Winston, worked a photo shoot at the Peninsula Hotel on New York's Fifth Avenue.
Campbell attended her 22nd birthday in 1991 dressed in head-to-toe gingham and cool baby blue eye shadow.
Campbell looked chic in Chanel back in 1993 when she worked the designer's spring runway during Paris Fashion Week.
One year later in 1994, the model looked equally enchanting wearing head-to-toe Chanel in Paris.
We're having a serious moment over Campbell's bold blunt length, plum eye shadow, and brick-red lip. This snapshot was captured during the Michael Awards Benefit for the National Children's Leukemia Foundation in 1994.
To be honest, we forgot Naomi Campbell's brief stint as a blonde. Alas, she was, indeed, spotted in New York City with ultra-lightened strands back in 1995.
Effortlessly chic with a chin-length bob, crisp center part, and sky-high lashes, this is how Naomi Campbell attended the opening of Emporium Armani in 1996.
Found: festival-esque glitter and whimsy at Chloé's 1997 spring fashion show. (It was part of the designer's ethereal Pret a Porter collection, in case you were wondering.)
Super-short bangs feel synonymous with Campbells's infamous aesthetic—and just might be our favorite (ever) hairstyle from the supermodel. This photo circa the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival says it all.
Have you ever seen anything more flawless? This angelic look from 2003 was for Jay-Z's "Change Clothes" video, which the supermodel shot in New York City.
Crimped waves, a glossy nude lip, and prismatic eyes with flecks of sparkling copper and blue… We don't think Campbell's 2005 beauty look for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Party could have more perfectly embodied the early-2000s beauty vibe.
For Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in 2008, Campbell dawned a crown and cascading layers of undulating pink Dior.
We're always game for a noteworthy hat moment. Campbell showed us how it's done (look at that lip!) four years back, in 2014.
The same year, Naomi Campbell attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens.
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