This Jamaican-English catwalk queen is arguably the greatest Black supermodel on the planet
This Jamaican-English catwalk queen is arguably the greatest Black supermodel on the planet. Soon after a 15-year-old Campbell was “discovered” while shopping in London’s Covent Garden, she landed the April 1986 cover of Elle. Two years later, she became the first Black model to grace the cover of Paris Vogue—but only after Yves St. Laurent threatened to withdraw his advertising after it refused to place Campbell, or any Black model, on the pages (how much do we love YSL?). The rest, as they say is “herstory.” In the early ‘90s, she, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington (ie, the biggest models on the planet) were dubbed “The Trinity,” and scored all the most coveted ads, editorials, runway shows. She starred in George Michael’s music video “Freedom’90;” appeared nude in Playboy and was the second model, after Donyale Luna, to appear on the cover of Vogue UK.