The OG supermodel made her debut with Bob Marley, hit it off with Michael Jackson and Madonna, and moved us to tears with Anohni. Here, we pay tribute to Naomi's surprisingly prolific video career.
1978: Bob Marley and the Wailers 'Is This Love'
Let's start from the start. Naomi's most unnoticed video appearance might also be her most mainstream. A 7-year-old Campbell made her screen debut in Bob Marley's anthem "Is This Love." Long before the fashion runways beckoned, little Naomi showed star potential in this fun home party shot by an anonymous videographer. Don't blink or you'll miss: She's the one walking with Marley in the opening seconds of the video, and we see her again, asleep, when the reggae king covers her with a blanket at the 2:05 mark. Watch:
1983: Culture Club 'I'll Tumble 4 Ya'
Before she was scouted by a model agent, Naomi was a trained dancer who appeared in Culture Club's video "I'll Tumble 4 Ya." The supermodel can be seen sporting a blue unitard and a pony tail among the ensemble of dancers surrounding Boy George. Press pause at the 00:48 mark; she's second from the left:
1990: George Michael 'Freedom! '90'
By then, the golden age of supermodels was upon us, and George Michael was no dummy when he recruited Naomi to complete his all-star cast, which included Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford, for the "Freedom!" video, a decade-defining hit. Watch:
1991: Vanilla Ice 'Cool As Ice'
Now a global star, Naomi tries to expand to music: She laid her first vocals on Vanilla Ice's track "Cool As Ice," which for some reason isn't even mentioned on her Wikipedia page. But gays never forget! Watch:
1992: Michael Jackson 'In The Closet'
This stunning sepia-toned video, directed by the late Herb Ritts, presented Naomi as an object of desire for Michael Jackson in his Dangerous phase. Sadly, the underrated single wasn't a commercial success, despite featuring "secret" vocals by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, to which Naomi lip-synchs flawlessly, wearing nothing but a cotton skirt, a crop top, and mile-long hair extensions. Watch:
1992: Madonna 'Erotica'
The same year, Madonna blows the lid off political correctness with her Sex book and the accompanying Erotica album. Cue a massive international scandal. The title track's video, directed by Fabien Baron, showed Steven Meisel's behind-the-scenes footage of Naomi and Big Daddy Kane making out with the pop queen. And that's how we all turned gay. Watch:
1993: U2 'Numb'
Yes, that's Naomi playing footsie with The Edge, U2's lead guitarist. At the time, the supermodel was romantically linked to bassist Adam Clayton, so it all makes sense --sort of. Watch:
1995: Naomi Campbell 'Love and Tears'
Naomi had a short-lived singing career of her own, releasing an ill-fated LP, Babywoman, at the height of her fame. The album peaked in Japanese charts, but nowhere else. Hence the sole video that resulted from this musical interlude, for the single "Love and Tears." Still gorgeous, though. Watch:
2003: Jay-Z Feat. Pharrell 'Change Clothes'
In the early '00s, Jay Z enlisted Naomi as his main video girl for "Change Clothes," where we can witness the model's legendary walk. Watch:
2011: Duran Duran 'Girl Panic!'
Fast forward to the teenies, Campbell is back in cougar mode, slaying the competition left and right in Duran Duran's "Girl Panic" video, a 10-minute epic directed by Jonas Åkerlund (the man behind Lady Gaga's "Telephone"). Watch:
2016: ANOHNI 'Drone Bomb Me'
Naomi comes full circle in Antony Hegarty's latest video, making the best of her lip-synching skills, fashion connections (the video was art directed by Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci), and acting pedigree (thanks The Face, Empire, and AHS: Hotel) to star as an underground goddess in "Drone Bomb Me." Click here to watch the video.