Naomi Campbell From Supermodel to Controversial Criminal
Naomi Campbell is one of the world’s most famous faces, and in the 1990s, she was one of the most in-demand models working. She was quickly dubbed a supermodel by others in the industry, and was also one of the first women of color to achieve the status, which was no small matter considering that most other supermodels of her time had the stereotypical blonde hair and blue-eyed look.
Her contemporaries, including Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Cheryl Tiegs, and Christie Brinkley all had the cookie-cutter milky white skin and blonde or light brown hair, which made Naomi a standout. Naomi, along with supermodels Beverly Johnson and Iman before her, are said to have paved the way for the likes of Tyra Banks and even Tyson Beckford, one of the most successful male models working today.
However, in recent years Naomi has been known for her many assault charges and hot temper than for her pretty face. She has faced no less than ten charges and accusations of assault, from her personal assistants and household staff and even from police. Naomi has been in court more than once and has been sentenced to various community service punishments as well as fines and damages paid to those she’s accosted. In London, Naomi was accused of spitting on police officers after a disagreement over lost luggage. She was fined again and banned for life from British Airways.
Some have wondered how to explain the hot tempter and seeming lack of control from someone who lives such a glamorous life. Naomi not only jets around the world to appear in some of the best fashion shows in the industry, she has also been in relationships with the likes of superstar Robert DeNiro and U2 bassist Adam Clayton. With such a pampered and glamorous life, why spoil it with a temper tantrum that will only cause you to spend time collecting trash by the side of the highway?
It may be Naomi’s pampered life that is part of the problem. Often supermodels, actors, and the mega-rich are indulged their every whim, by restaurants, hotels, and everyone else they meet. They learn that they can do anything they want, with no consequences, and show little self-control in their personal life. Naomi is not the first celebrity to be caught having such a meltdown; actor Russell Crowe was accused of assault after throwing a phone at a hotel employee in 2005.
Singer Chris Brown was accused of hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna in the face in 2009, and actor Mel Gibson has recently faced domestic assault charges, levied by his now ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. Whatever the reason, fans hope that Naomi’s checkered past is behind her and that she can enjoy her privileged life wherever it takes her.