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Naomi Campbell's style transformation

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One of the all-time greats of the fashion world, Ms Naomi Campbell, turns 44 today - although you'd never guess it from her incredible physique.

One of the original posse of ground-breaking "supers", Naomi was born in London on May 22, 1970. She began modelling at age 15 and has rarely been out of the spotlight since, strutting the catwalk for everyone from Vivienne Westwood to Jean Paul Gaultier.

Naomi's approach to fashion and life in general has always been fearless and she's never shied away from a challenge, whether that's showcasing an itsy bitsy Chanel bikini, schmoozing with world leaders such as Nelson Mandela or fronting out that infamous catwalk tumble.

Naomi was the first black female model to make the front cover of Vogue, was once engaged to U2’s Adam Clayton, appeared in Madonna’s infamous Sex book and dabbled in a singing career, a perfume launch and a reality TV stint, on top of all her modelling.

Come look back on her extraordinary career on the catwalk and beyond, from 1989 to today:

Photos: Rex Features

  • 1975

    Naomi aged five knows how to strike a pose, along with her dancer mum Valerie.

  • 1989

    At her home in Streatham in 1989.

  • 1989

    Working a pair of seriously large earrings at British Fashion Week, 1989.

  • 1990

    A major talent is born as Naomi sashays down the catwalk for Azzedine Alaia in Paris.

  • 1990

    Fashion-forward and unafraid in a red boa and floral tights at the Limelight Club, New York.

  • 1991

    Naomi's incredible body turns heads on Paris runway during AW91 fashion week.

  • 1992

    Working the look in Vivienne Westwood, a long-time friend of Naomi's.

  • 1993

    Getting up close and personal with a youthful-looking Jonathan Ross.

  • 1993

    Two supers become one as Naomi cuddles up to one of her oldest friends in the modelling world, Kate Moss.

  • 1993

    It's that moment... Naomi stumbles and falls over her ginormous "Super Elevated Ghillie" Vivienne Westwood heels on a catwalk in Paris, 1993.

    At least she's still laughing.

  • 1994

    Another outing for Vivienne Westwood one year on is more successful for Naomi.

    Only she could pull off this zany tartan gown, leg-warmers and headpiece combo.

  • 1994

    It's Chanel all the way, baby.

  • 1995

    Très chic.

  • 1996

    Naomi embraces her waxwork doppelgänger at Madame Tussaud's in London.

  • 1997

    Big hair and cleavage form a killer combination on the catwalk for Givenchy by Alexander McQueen in France.

  • 1998

    Naomi became close to South African president Nelson Mandela throughout his years in power and beyond - she attended the funeral of her "grandfather" last year.

    She's pictured here with him at the Versace For Africa Show in Cape Town.

  • 1998

    Flaunting her enviable form in a golden two-piece and quilted coat on the Betsey Johnson catwalk in New York.

  • 1999

    With Amber Valletta, Kate Moss and Donatella Versace at Versace's party for Kate's 25th birthday in Paris.

  • 2000

    Working a pout on the catwalk for Julien MacDonald during London Fashion Week.

  • 2002

    Naomi's more than happy to give her bosom an airing (of sorts) for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris, 2002.

  • 2002

    Possibly the most toned bikini body you will ever see - at the Rosa Cha swimwear show in New York.

  • 2002

    She even manages to look glam in a baseball cap - backstage at Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York.

  • 2004

    A vision in turquoise blue at the pre-Grammys gala in Los Angeles, 2004.

  • 2004

    Cosying up to Beyonce at the Brit Awards in 2004 (a very glamorous Brits ceremony indeed, by the look of things).

  • 2006

    Naomi joins Victoria Beckham at the New York Met Gala in 2006 (the theme that year was Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion).

  • 2007

    Looking elegant in a sleek bob at a Mont Blanc event in Chamonix, France.

  • 2009

    We love this tropical look for Issa at SS10 London Fashion Week.

  • 2009

    Some of the original supermodels strike back, as Naomi joins Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer at a perfume lunch in Milan in 2009.

  • 2011

    Naomi in Alexander McQueen at the 2011 Met Gala in New York.

  • 2013

    Naomi is serene in white for the launch of a new series of reality TV model show The Face, in which she appears as a mentor.

  • 2013

    Looking hot for the Versace Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week 2013.

  • 2013

    Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show last October, Naomi tries again to wear the towering Vivienne Westwood heels she tripped over on in 1993 - and this time she manages it without a falter.

  • 2014

    Working her catwalk magic for Philipp Plein in February this year.

  • 2014

    Showing some leg at the Vogue Festival in March.

  • 2014

    In a glorious grey gown by Roberto Cavalli at the TV Baftas in London earlier this month.

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