Naomi Campbell Says Her Baby Wasn't Adopted

Supermodel who became a first-time mom at 50 talks to 'Vogue' about motherhood
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2021 11:19 AM CDT
Updated Feb 14, 2022 3:27 PM CST
Naomi Campbell Is First-Time Mom at 50
Naomi Campbell is seen in an interview before an ARISE Fashion Week event in Lagos, Nigeria, on Dec. 11, 2020.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(Newser) Update: Naomi Campbell's baby daughter is now a Vogue cover star. The supermodel appears with her daughter on the cover of March's British edition. In an accompanying interview, Campbell, who announced the birth days before her 51st birthday last year, declined to share details including her daughter's name, but she confirmed the girl wasn't adopted. "I always knew that one day I would be a mother, but it’s the biggest joy I could ever imagine," Campbell told the magazine. "I'm lucky to have her and I know that." She said becoming a mother is the best thing she's ever done—and she's encouraging her older friends not to hesitate to have children. Our story from May 18, 2021 follows:

Other than proclaiming that air conditioning gives her wrinkles and that she's recently discovered tai chi, Naomi Campbell hasn't made any earth-shattering announcements of late—until Tuesday morning, when she delivered some surprise news on Instagram. "A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother," the 50-year-old British supermodel posted, showing a photo of what appears to be her new daughter's tiny feet. "So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life." It's Campbell's first child, a fact not lost on most due to her age, though BuzzFeed notes Campbell had expressed interest in having children as recently as three years ago. "I'd love to have kids," she said in a conversation with Vogue Arabia in 2018. "I don't discount anything in life. I love kids and always will."

In a May 2017 interview with the Evening Standard, Campbell had also mentioned how, even though she'd considered adoption in the past, she wouldn't rule out having a child herself. "I think about having children all the time," she noted at the time. "Now with the way science is, I think I can do it when I want." She added she'd "maybe" consider having a biological child, but only if she had a reliable "father figure" to take part in the baby's life. Page Six notes it's not clear if she gave birth to her new little one herself, or if she adopted or involved a surrogate. However her daughter came into the world, Campbell is enamored with her. "There are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel," she wrote on Instagram. "There is no greater love." (Read more Naomi Campbell stories.)

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