Proving that love and motherhood are indeed ageless, Naomi Campbell just announced that she has become a mom for the first time at the age of 50. On the morning of May 18, the international model posted a photo to her Instagram profile.
The close-up shows her hand cradling two adorable baby feet poking out through a floral dress, revealing that she has welcomed a daughter. “A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother,” she wrote. “So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love.”
The news was met with nearly 400,000 likes in the first hour of her sharing, with congratulations coming from all over. Many famous friends of Campbell’s also congratulated her new family addition. Gabrielle Union responded, “CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im so happy for you mama!!!!” Zoe Saldana posted several heart emojis along with, “Oh my goodness congrats lady! What a blessing!!!” Andy Cohen posted a series of applause and heart emojis as well. Designer Marc Jacobs appeared to have had a hint of the news, writing, “Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible,” he wrote. “How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around.”
Being a mom has always been in Naomi's plans
The British model has made a career out of breaking barriers. She was the first Black model to grace the cover of both the French and American editions of Vogue, and one of the first to be dubbed a “supermodel.” She openly confirmed her membership in Narcotics Anonymous 10 years ago as a way of destigmatizing addiction recovery. Her determination not to let anything stand in her way applies to parenthood, too.
In 2017, at age 47, Campbell told The Evening Standard, “I think about having children all the time. But now, with the way science is, I think I can do it when I want.” She added that “maybe” she would prefer to have a biological child rather than adopt. The supermodel hasn’t yet revealed how she came to be a mother, but it’s likely that science did play a part. In America, only 1 in 10,000 births involve women 50 and older, according to StatNews. After age 30, women’s fertility begins to decline as the number of eggs in their ovaries decrease and become poorer in quality (via the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). After age 45, pregnancy is virtually impossible without the use of donor eggs.
Some celeb moms have had successful pregnancies at later ages – among them Janet Jackson and Brigitte Nielsen – while others have opted to become mothers through adoption or with a surrogate. Campbell’s lack of a baby bump in the new summer edition of V magazine would also seem to be a clue. However the supermodel’s little one came to be, she is indeed a blessing.
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