Supermodel Naomi Campbell has become a first-time mum! She welcomed her first child, announcing the unexpected birth news via Instagram on Tuesday.
“A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother. So honored to have this gentle soul in my life, there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you, my angel. There is no greater love,” the 50-years old model captioned her daughter’s first photo on Instagram, which accompanied the announcement. In the adorable picture, Naomi’s hands were captured cradling the newborn’s feet.
The supermodel has not acknowledged in public that she was expecting a baby prior to the social media post. However, this birth has been announced only a few days ahead of her own birthday.
In the past, Campbell has accepted that she wanted to be a mother. She told the Evening Standard in 2017 that she considered having a baby rather than adopting one. “I think about having children all the time…But now, with the way science is, I think I can do it when I want.”
Campbell’s friends flocked to her Instagram comments to congratulate her post-announcement.
Actress Zoe Saldana commented: “Oh my goodness, congrats, lady! What a blessing!!!”
Designer Marc Jacobs, who has worked with Campbell since 1994, wrote: “Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around.”
Last spring, Campbell appeared on the May/June cover of Essence for the publication’s 50th anniversary, coinciding with her 50th birthday. Campbell photographed herself with her iPhone for the cover amid pandemic restrictions, which was a first for the magazine. She even did her own hair and makeup.
One of the most recognizable supermodels in the world, Campbell has said she has no desire to quit. “Retire’ isn’t a word I ever want to use,” she wrote for the book Naomi. Updated Edition, which Taschen released in early 2021. “‘Chill out’ maybe, but ‘retire’ never.”
Campbell also talked about the racial prejudices she experienced early in her career and how the industry has changed since she first began working.
“I like to think this industry is getting better for Black models. You see girls of color on the catwalk, and it’s encouraging to have girls like Joan Smalls in campaigns for Chanel and Liya Kebede in Bottega Veneta. Things have changed. But prejudice never entirely goes away. Now I’m trying to shine a light on Africa, to connect African designers and models with the global community. I want to give back. It is as simple as that. I can’t do it all, but I can do my part, and I want to,” she said.
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