Supermodel Naomi Campbell has welcomed her first child, announcing the unexpected birth Tuesday on social media. A representative for Campbell confirmed the news.
The announcement accompanied a sweet photo of her hand cradling the newborn’s feet, with the delicate floral print of the baby’s gown visible in the image.
It’s the first child for the 50-year-old supermodel, who made no public acknowledgment that she was expecting a baby. The birth announcement comes just a few days ahead of her own birthday.
Following the birth announcement, friends of Campbell flocked to her Instagram comments to wish her well. Actress Zoe Saldana wrote, “Oh my goodness congrats lady! What a blessing!!!”
Designer Marc Jacobs, who has worked with Campbell since 1994, also responded to the happy news.
“Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible,” Jacobs commented. “How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around.”
Naomi Campbell attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage) Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty Images
Campbell is one of the most recognizable supermodels in the world, and she has indicated that she has no desire to bow out.
She also reflected on the racial prejudice she experienced early in her career and the ways in which the industry has changed since she began.
“I like to think this industry is getting better for Black models. You see girls of colour on the catwalk and it’s encouraging to have girls like Joan Smalls in campaigns for Chanel and Liya Kebede in Bottega Veneta. Things have changed. But prejudice never entirely goes away,” she wrote. “Now I’m trying to shine a light on Africa, to connect African designers and models with the global community… I want to give back. It really is as simple as that. I can’t do it all, but I can do my part, and I want to.”