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Naomi Campbell is definitely a queen of catwalks. She started her way into fame in mid 80's, and by now she's recognized by her gait, face, even lips or simply by her first name. She's iconic personality in the fashion world and she's admired all over the world. But how this exotic beauty has started her career?

A lot of little girls dream of being model, but Naomi was actually talented in other ways. She acted in Bob Marley's video for song "Is This Love?" when she was only 8 years old. She's been talented for dances and acting, therefore the best British school of theater arts Italia Conti Academy was just for her. After graduation Naomi appeared in another music video performing tap-dance for Culture Club's song "I'll Tumble 4 Ya". Once when she was shopping in her hometown London, former head of "Synchro models agency" Beth Boldt noticed Naomi's grace and perfect built body. She walked on runway for three years demonstrating her great modeling features. And then it was the time for real fame.

In August of 1988 Naomi Campbell became the first black woman that appeared on a cover of major Vogue (French one). She was also the first black woman on the covers of Time magazine, British and Japanese Vogues. Naomi started her modeling career very young, but she's been in highs all the time. So far her pictures were on over 40 magazine covers, including Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vanity Fair. She posed for nude pictures for the Playboy and at more controversial erotic lesbian photo session for Madonna's book "Sex".

Naomi took over the Fashion world with her wonderful Afro-Jamaican-Chinese appearance. She presented collections for many designers, like Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Calvin Klein. She worked with Gianni Versace for 12 years. Naomi was also the face of Ralph Lauren and Francois Nars campaigns. Designers praise her for natural body which meets all requirements for models, for her graceful deportment and body language.

Thought Naomi‘s career was very successful and she was (and still is) considered a Supermodel, The strenous and hard work has made after-effects and Naomi has found risky way to relax. In 2001 she's been photographed leaving Narcotic Anonymous meeting. Naomi wanted to keep this difficult time of her life unpublished in mass media and even sued the newspaper Daily Mirror which was the first to bright out the photos.

Naomi Campbell is well known for her aggressive behavior with assistants. She's been accused for almost dozen times for hurting people in her environment. In 2000 Naomi hit her helper with a handy and threatened to push her from a moving car. She slapped her other assistants several times and abused them verbally. Naomi admitted she had serious problems with angry control and took a treatment course.

As a Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been always in a spotlight and couldn't hide her personal life. And with her changeable heart we've heard a lot about her adventures. Naomi was in relationships with boxer Mi...

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Williams Glides Past Safina for Fourth Singles Title at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia — The women’s final had finished in less than an hour, and Serena Williams was walking down the hall in Melbourne Park lined with photos of past Australian Open champions, including her.

In her arms, held tightly to her chest, was the large Daphne Akhurst Trophy, which goes to the women’s champion.

“It’s mine again,” Williams said in a lilting voice.


Williams got no argument from Dinara Safina on Saturday night. After two weeks of uncertainty about the true state of Williams’s form, suddenly there was nothing but brutal clarity.

Williams said she was inspired by watching Rafael Nadal’s epic victory over Fernando Verdasco on Friday night, but a 5-hour-14-minute final was not part of her plan. She swept through the first set in 22 minutes against Safina, then rumbled to her fourth Australian Open singles title and 10th Grand Slam singles championship by 6-0, 6-3.

“I’ve always said when I’m playing my best, it’s very difficult to beat me, and I think today I played close to my best,” Williams said. “Because I didn’t make that many errors.”

Her seven unforced errors might well have been a career low for Williams, who likes to take big swings and risks. “I don’t think I’ve ever played a match with so few,” she said. “I saw that stat in the end and I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I think the key is doing what my dad tells me to do in practice: just technical things.”

The victory means that Williams, not Safina, will replace Jelena Jankovic at No. 1 when the rankings are released Monday.

“She played too good today,” Safina said in her postmatch remarks to the not-quite-sellout crowd in Rod Laver Arena. “I was just a ball boy on the court.”

If Williams is going to be challenged in a major tournament, it is best to send a strong signal early. Since the 2004 United States Open, she is an astonishing 45-0 at Grand Slam events when she wins the first set.

Safina, a 22-year-old Russian who is the younger sister of the 2005 Australian Open men’s champion, Marat Safin, has earned a reputation as a battler. She fought back from match points in early rounds of last year’s French Open to reach the final and did the same to reach the final here.

But from the start on Saturday, she seemed edgy and confused. Though she flirted with holding her serve at 0-1, she double-faulted three times in the game, with the third coming on break point. There would be precious little suspense after that. Safina won eight points in the first set while Williams won 26, many with huge returns or well-measured forehands.

Although Safina broke Williams in the first game of the second set, Williams immediately returned the favor and rolled to a 4-1 lead. Safina bounced her racket off the court in frustration, which was a more measured approach than her combustible older brother would have adopted in comparably dire circumstances. (Safin is prone to smashing rackets.)

“I was feeling good, you know, but then, of course, once you step in the court, it’s a different situation,” said the third-seeded Safina, who added that she felt the pressure of playing for No. 1. “But I was not nervous, not even close like before the French Open final. I couldn’t even sleep the night. But today I slept good and everything was fine. But just pity.”

There was certainly some of that for her in the stands. In just 59 minutes, the first women’s night final in Melbourne was history. Williams finished it off by holding serve at love after Safina hit a backhand drop shot wide. Williams thrust her arms overhead, but the celebration that followed was nowhere near as exuberant as when she beat Jankovic to win last year’s United States Open. But then the big challenges came earlier in this hardcourt tournament.

Williams said she felt she played her “B and C level” for much of it. She was near tears after her difficult second-round victory over Gisela Dulko of Argentina. In the fourth round, Williams was down a set against a big-hitting Belarussian teenager, Victoria Azarenka, who then retired in the second set because of illness.

In the quarterfinals, Williams lost the first set against the Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova and was struggling on one of the many suffocatingly hot days in Melbourne this year. But Open organizers invoked their extreme-heat policy and closed the retractable roof in Laver Arena before the second set. Kuznetsova was angry, and Williams went on to play the rest of the match (and tournament) in more comfortable conditions. Saturday’s final was played outdoors in mild temperatures, the record-setting heat wave having finally broken.

Williams’s four singles titles here have come in odd-numbered years: 2003, 2005, 2007 and now 2009.

“I really wasn’t feeling like it was destiny this year,” she said. “I thought, ‘O.K., I don’t want this in my brain.’ I just want to win; just want to win seven matches. I wasn’t thinking about, ‘This is it, because it’s the odd year.’ But it happened again, which is really kind of weird.”

Williams is not the only American with a habit of winning in Melbourne. The Bryan twins, Mike and Bob, won their third Australian Open and seventh Grand Slam doubles title on Saturday night, defeating the veterans Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, 2-6, 7-5, 6-0.

The Bryans, 30, recommitted themselves in the off-season after finishing second in the world rankings last year, when Bob injured his left shoulder. Like Williams, they will regain the No. 1 spot Monday, and the three planned to celebrate together at a Melbourne nightclub, as they did in 2007 after the Bryans won in doubles and Williams in singles.

“All I know is Serena usually picks up the bill,” Mike Bryan said.

As in 2007, when she struggled early, then routed Maria Sharapova in the final, Williams saved her most dominant display for last. This was the most lopsided full-length women’s final in Melbourne since Arantxa S├ínchez Vicario lost, 6-0, 6-2 , to Steffi Graf in 1994.

Only six women in tennis history have won more Grand Slam singles titles than Serena: a list led by Margaret Smith Court with 24 and Graf with 22. But Williams, who also won the doubles here with older sister Venus, is clearly on the short list of the sport’s greatest at age 27.

“She looks deep inside and is just determined not to lose,” said her mother and coach, Oracene Price. “She really hates to lose; it’s just in her, and I think she’s really taking advantage of the situation right now, because you just have so much time in a sports career, so you want to get the best out of it.”

Adrift, injured and ranked in the 100s three seasons ago, Williams has regained her former place in the game, and has now won consecutive Grand Slam singles titles for the first time since she won the 2002 United States Open and 2003 Australian Open.

“I don’t sense distractions,” Price said. “Not anymore.”

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