by The Daily Front Row

It’s a cause for celebration today because Naomi Campbell turns 43! We checked out her Wikipedia page earlier today to brush up on all things Naomi and found some fascinating facts about the legend. Here’s what we learned… (*Please note that since this is from Wikipedia so there is a very good shot that some of this was made up by a man on his computer in Virginia.)

  1. Her first public appearance came at the age of seven in 1978 in Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” video.

  2. Naomi was dubbed a part of the “Trinity” with Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista.

  3. She appeared in Madonna’s racy book Sex with rapper Big Daddy Kane. (Where’d he go?)

  4. Her novel Swan about a supermodel dealing with blackmail was released in 1994 to poor reviews. It was ghostwritten by Caroline Upcher, with Campbell explaining that she “just did not have the time to sit down and write a book.” (Note: Loooooooooooooove!)

  5. Former South African president Nelson Mandela has referred to Campbell as his “honorary granddaughter.”

  6. In 1995, she and Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson invested in an ill-fated chain of restaurants called the Fashion Cafe.

  7. In October 2001, she appeared with Sean Combs on the cover of British Vogue, with the headline “Naomi and Puff: The Ultimate Power Duo.”

  8. She has never married, but has dated Mike Tyson and Robert De Niro. She was engaged to U2 bassist Adam Clayton.

  9. In 2009, she was awarded Honorary Patronage of Trinity College’s University Philosophical Society for her charitable and professional work.

  10. In August 1988, she became the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue, after Yves Saint Laurent threatened to withdraw his advertising from the magazine if it continued to refuse to place black models on its cover.

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