At the age of 45, Naomi Campbell has proven that a career in the modeling industry has no age limit.
In the past, it appeared that fashion models had a certain shelf life. When they hit a certain age, they were quickly replaced by their much younger counterparts. Campbell has cemented the notion that with age comes an increased level of je nais se quoi that leaders in the fashion industry crave.
During Zac Posen’s fall 2015 runway show, it was Campbell who closed the show while donning an iridescent crimson ball gown. She also made an appearance at John Paul Gaultier’s haute couture show in January.
Again, Campbell was granted the coveted task of closing out the show while dressed as a bouquet of flowers. Her curves were covered in a sheer netting that was strategically wrapped around her body. Campbell’s presence alone was enough to leave guest in attendance in awe, but her saunter down the runway was a testament to her star power and timeless beauty.
Luxury fashion houses continue to hire Campbell to front their ad campaigns despite the slew of younger models that continuously enter the industry. Campbell has beaten out rising stars Joan Smalls and Gigi Hadid for placement in ads like Burberry’s eyewear campaign in which she co-starred with Jourdan Dunn.
Campbell was recently tapped to appear in Givenchy’s Jesus Christ-inspired spring 2016 runway show. The model wore a risqué ensemble: a pinstripe coat on top of a skimpy black bikini and thigh-high socks. She held her own against the younger male and female models and despite her age, she was once again chosen to close out the runway show.
With ageism still alive and well, Campbell still manages to snag gig after gig with ease. With New York Fashion Week right around the corner, there’s no doubt Campbell’s presence in multiple luxury fashion shows will be highly requested.