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[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ambermag, tmobile and Danielle Knox, Black Girl Long Hair. Black Girl Long Hair said: Naomi Campbell’s barely there hairline: what’s ur reaction? http://bit.ly/9ZpcMn #naturalhair #blackwomen (first spotted on @ClutchMagazine) […]

mandala
mandala
10 years ago

my stomach actually turned.….

Fatty B.
Fatty B.
10 years ago

Eww. I get the feeling that she will never wear her own hair out so that’s prolly why she doesn’t care about her hairline, or lack thereof. Don’t need a hairline 4 lacefronts!

CurlyDiva
CurlyDiva
10 years ago

How does one keep getting weaves and keep getting weaves to the point where they allow this to happen? That weave looks like it hurts.…maybe she has alopecia. Bless her heart.

CurlyDiva
CurlyDiva
10 years ago

Really she is making the ouch face in the 1st pic.…
You know that weave is too tight honey…stop.

Daja
Daja
10 years ago

I have always been an adovocate for wearing weave for protecting your hair and changing up your look a bit but only wearing weave exclusively can seriously damage you hair..I’ve seen so many women whose hair line is exactly like Naomi..not cute…word to the wise let your hair breath for a while..

angela lopes
10 years ago

I feel extremely sad…Nomie Campbell is an extraordinary model and its just sad that she has that hairline like this. I hope one day when she stops being a model her hair will get healthy again…

Mia
Mia
10 years ago

Uhhh that’s really messed up. I feel sorry for her. And yet, here she is, with access to almost any product and (one would think) the ability to get the best hair care model moolah can buy.

Cardenie
10 years ago

Goodness, looking at that pic makes my hairline hurt…but I know it hurts her more. I don’t even know what else to say, its extremely sad. I’d take a head full of glorious, bountiful naps ANY day over having bald patches and no hairline.

b.
b.
10 years ago

I just noticed that the “hairline” looks like it’s been edged up in a certain shape. This makes me wonder if she purposely cut her hair down, or at least her edges and it’s growing back. I met someone who just started wearing her natural hair, and allowed the beautician to convince her to cut her hairline waaaaaaay back to accommodate a wig, since the woman wasn’t comfortable with her big chop. The woman conceded this was a very bad idea in hindsight. Either way…this looks sad to me. I’d rather Ms. Campbell wore a completely shiny bald head compared… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
10 years ago

I can’t believe any stylist would think that’s okay. Or that she would let a stylist who thought that was okay near her scalp. It’s unfortunate.

Brandi
10 years ago

OMG…my heart kinda hurts looking at those pics. To me, it shows the reality of the modeling industry. It will drain from you every last drop you have…and when it’s done and there’s nothing left you’ll be cast out. She’s almost to that point.

Bri
Bri
10 years ago

Wow. I see this happening too often. Let’s stop pulling our hair back so tight! Wow! My stomach turned a bit too…

Nikki
Nikki
10 years ago

I think she should just rock a bald head and get scalp treatments so that she can possibly grow her hair back. She’s beautiful and would look fine with it, if she didn’t feel comfortable then throw on a wig. But overall I think it’s pretty sad that she felt that she had to maintain this image of beauty even at the expense of destroying her hair. She would look just as beautiful with natural hair but I guess she doesn’t or the people who hire her might not think so.

Aisha
Aisha
10 years ago

It doesn’t look like she has any hair at all under that wig, or maybe just patches. I think she has alopecia.

MissyD
MissyD
10 years ago

Damn, I agree with Aisha maybe she has alopecia or something. My hair has always been thin on one side in particular but I dont hide it under styles that only add more stress to my hair. She needs to consult a doctor ASAP.

Ambrosia
Ambrosia
10 years ago

I feel so sad just looking at that picture. I truly didn’t know what to say when I first saw it. Sad…

Shones
10 years ago

That’s so sad. And I agree with others who said she would look beautiful bald… but we all know the industry would cast her aside in a heartbeat (unless, perhaps, she did an Oprah interview about it first!).

Brandiss
10 years ago

Ewwwwww! But there are so many women walking around like that and they think that mess is normal. IT AINT!!

kadiane*francophone
kadiane*francophone
10 years ago

If we do not know what she has, I do not think the Eww and the stomach and so on are appropriate. If it is an hereditary decease or the conséquence of her hair regimen, i think she suffers enough from it for us to humiliate her more by making such comments. I’m against putting down those who are already down.

Safera
Safera
10 years ago

Shave it all off and start over.

Taharqa
Taharqa
10 years ago

I suspected Campbell had this problem for many years now.When she was 15 or 16, she had a full head of hair when she started modelling. At the time she had her hair permed. Then in her late teens and throughout her career she started with weaves and hasn’t stopped ever since. She wore wigs, but most of the time throughout the 90s, Campbell always wore weaves. After about 2 or so decades of wearing weaves, this will make anybody’s hair look like Campbell’s. I don’t think she has hereditary alopecia. If you have been following her career from the… Read more »

TerraD
TerraD
10 years ago

Sick! That looks painful. I think some people are so fixated on weaves, etc, that sometimes that forget about their own hair. I remember seeing her hair over a decade ago and it was straight, shoulder length. My time flys!

Shukura
10 years ago

how sad
shes so beautiful aswell
thats why you shouldnt get use to wearing them
now shes dependant on it!!!

=(

Yoshi3329
10 years ago

No wonder she’s so mean. I’d be a cell phone slinging, sour, woman too, if it were me. Just the other day, I had a scare about breaking edges. Phew! False alarm.

I hope whatever it is she get’s her hair back.

Neems
10 years ago

Ughh. Looking at her hairline makes me cringe. I want to send her a bag full of healthy products and tell her to spend some money on weekly scalp massages.

Bethany
Bethany
10 years ago

I agree with everyone who says that she should shave it off. She is so gorgeous, she could be completely bald and the camera (and her audience) would still love her!

snoopychick
snoopychick
10 years ago

Ewww? Uggh? Sad? Whoa. Naomi puts herself out there for the consumption of others. For your entertainment and aspiration. And then when the reality of the industry is revealed — when she allows you to see her at work — the immediate reaction by the majority in the blogosphere seems to be to berate or pity her. She’s a grown and educated woman: she knows what’s going on with her hair. She chooses to continue despite the presumed result of those choices (because, as mentioned by others, this may be a genetic thing or it may be a hair style preference).… Read more »

Max
Max
10 years ago

Her Hair has been like that for some time now. I have seen worse pics of her hair, she’s completely bald in the front, it’s sad.

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
10 years ago

Damn…
Though, i do know ppl {close to me} who INSIST on getting a weave even though their edges are gone or thinning.

Shones
10 years ago

@snoopychick — Point taken… but it’s still sad.

Jewelry Rockstar
10 years ago

Here is what I think:

http://jewelryrockstar.com/?p=1473

nana
nana
10 years ago

I think she should try the bold look, she would definitely be able to pull it off. Why do I get the feeling that she sleeps in her wigs and rarely takes them off — poor thing:(

DontChange4Me
DontChange4Me
10 years ago

Naomi has WAY bigger issues then her hairline. She is a recovering addict. Until she heals her inside she can’t attempt to address what is going on outside. Godspeed Naomi…u r loved and prayed for.

DontChange4Me
DontChange4Me
10 years ago

Oh.…and two thumbs down to this article. She obviously isn’t “natural”, so point being?

Afrika
10 years ago

I think people are overreacting. I have seen many women with the same hair line troubles. It’s not like a novelty or anything.

She looks great. Her body is rockin.

Krys
Krys
10 years ago

Her hairline does look bad and I can only imagine what the state of the rest of her looks like BUT how do we know she doesn’t have some type of Alopecia. Alopecia can come in varying conditions from a mild to severe which includes no body hair at all.

ALittleSympathyGoesALongWay
ALittleSympathyGoesALongWay
10 years ago

Like Daja (i think that’s who it was) I agree with wearing weaves as a protective style (or even as a mainstay if that’s your thing), and I know this site is dedicated to “natural” hair, but some of us proud naturals do wear weaves, so it would be nice to get tips on healthy weaving practices, so that we can avoid the pitfalls. I think this is more effective than a blanket admonition against getting weaves. Same thing with relaxers, we know some women are going to get them, so why not counsel them on how to do it… Read more »

ALittleSympathyGoesALongWay
ALittleSympathyGoesALongWay
10 years ago

Oops… I meant “Why do people tear down celebs to make themselves feel better”?

Wambui Wamutogoria
10 years ago

I feel sorry for Naomi, I grew up looking at her as a perfect example of black beauty. she’s gorgeous she should shave her hair completely off and start a fresh just like so many of us have done. A little TLC will do her hair good.

Risa
Risa
10 years ago

I agree with some of the ladies comments like “eww” and “makes my stomache turn” are not necessary. I think that it would be helpful to to constructively critcize and also making suggestions on better ways for women to maintain weave, relaxed, telaxed, or natural hair. I am a new natural and do wear weaves to get some growth. I have been wearing them for 1 year now and I have gotten alot of growth. I am doing this until I feel comfortable with the amount of growth I have on my head. One tip I give to people who… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
10 years ago

I agree with alittlesympathygoesalongway…it’s really cruel to make the kind of comments that people are making about this woman. I’m in my early thirties and I know that Naomi is in her late thirties..hair loss becomes more prevelant when you get a bit older(not “old” lol). Just like myself, Naomi lived through the 90’s where having “good” hair and all that was a standard so it’s no wonder she felt she had to cover her hair with long wigs and helped to ruin her hair, and after all that time and her age combined..the ruin is really showing on her… Read more »

Afrika
10 years ago

Why do people tear down celebs to make themselves feel better”?
ALittleSympathyGoesALongWay

You read my mind. I think Naomi is sexy, beautiful and slammin, hair or no hair. 🙂

NICE
NICE
10 years ago

She forgot she had hair. Hair will always need a break from weaves. Honestly, all these years i have never seen her real hair. So im not surprised.

SweetReina
10 years ago

wow. i feel sad for her. that probably why she is so mean. damn. all those weaves and wigs WILL do that to you tho. my great gma only has a few strands of hair b.c she ALWAYS wore wigs for years and years. never let her hair breathe. i feel bad for naomi, i rlly do.

beadgyrl
beadgyrl
10 years ago

Frankly I remember being in high school in the late eighties, and I am about the same age as Naomi, and I used to remember her as a teen in the Vogue magazines and such. This is my opinion only, in respect to those who support, love, or admire this woman. But I honestly have never thought Naomi was beautiful, maybe except her physique.…but she always had rather harsh, or masculine features in my opinion. I also stand in agreement with another natural above who said Naomi DID have hair when she first started out, but all of a sudden… Read more »

mila
mila
10 years ago

She still relaxes her hair, even though she wears weaves and she get’s her weaves tighten on a bi-weekly basis.

RWF
RWF
10 years ago

Numerous white women have been in the modeling/entertainment industry for 20 or 30+ years, but their hairlines are no where NEAR this. They aren’t bald under wigs. Naomi Campbell is in an industry where white hair is vogue. Straight hair is GQ. I appreciate her career and I appreciate how she’s represented black women in a white modeling world, but she should have been more conscious of her hair and its health. White stylists aren’t always aware of what’s good for our hair and we have to stand up for ourselves and our hair.

maralondon
maralondon
10 years ago

These pictures are also featured in some of the British national papers. That can’t be nice for her. I too remember Naomie from the start of her modelling career, i’m pretty sure i have some of those old vogues.

SM
SM
10 years ago

Honestly, viewing these pictures of Naomi makes me sad. Her hairline has been sacrificed on the altar of success. I bet if she had a chance to do it differently…she would. We should be supportive. So many sisters want healthy heads of hair, but they are afraid of what others may think. Please pray she, and others in the same position, will not continue to abuse their hair. Also, please pray that sisters will be mindful of braiding and weaving their little girls’ hair so tightly they start losing hairlines at an early age. I am seeing this more often in… Read more »

Kim
Kim
10 years ago

In her industry she needs to conform to a concept of beauty that apparently is detrimental to her health. It’s sad that she needs to do this to herself to be successful. I respect her for her longevity in the industry, but pity the fact that she will never ever be able to appreciate the gift her ancestors gave to her through her hair because of the denigration she would experience if she did. Natural hair is beautiful. How brave does one have to be to buck trends? To thumb one’s nose at the status quo? Instead of chatising Naomi for… Read more »

Naturlalista Momma
Naturlalista Momma
10 years ago

I can’t believe that ladies who are supposed to represent us and be looked up to as style icons allow themselves to be mutillated as this picture shows us. This just goes to show us that the media is still trying to control us and tell us what beauty should be. I relish in the revolt, and I am happy to see so many sistahs rockin it natural and this is what I pass on to my own daughter.

Adriana
Adriana
10 years ago

beadgyrl: I’m confused as to why making fun of a woman who has lost her hair makes you feel good. And what does the fact that you don’t think she’s pretty have to do with the state of her hair. It just seems like you’re hating… It’s strange.

Taharqa
Taharqa
10 years ago

Please see this video:

http://www.realhealthmag.com/articles/hair_health_1936_17808.shtml

Model Veronica Webb explains how black models needed to adapt to the runway stylists!!!!

I encourage everyone to look at this video before passing harsh judgement against Naomi and her hairline!

Shay
Shay
10 years ago

umm. Wow. I honest think its sad. She is a beautiful women, why she would not take better care of her hair like she obviously does her body is quite baffling to me. I understand that you have to wear weave and stuff but.. damn…Not hating or throwing shade we just need to do better.

Susan
10 years ago

I first saw this on TV and wondered when it would surface here. I was shocked and also saddened. I have nothing against weaves but this is a reminder that they can damage the hairline. To those making mean comments, there’s no need for it. She did what she had to do to keep modelling or maybe she just likes weaves? Either way, I think with or without hair she is still beautiful. I just hopes she feels it on the inside as well.

CurlyChronicles
10 years ago

I feel very sorry for her, it’s really unfortunate that this is the end result of years of modeling. I can’t fathom how much manipulation had to be done for this to occur.

Now, if she shaved her head completely…I think that’d be pretty bad ass…why bother keeping this wig on. It’s not like Naomi will ever be ugly. She’s such a beauty! 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Thanks to Taharqa for posting that video. My attitude when I saw the pictures was — well that’s what you get for wigging and weaving for so long. The video reminded me that Naomi, as beautiful as she is, is under the same pressure to conform to the European beauty standard as every woman in the Western world — even more so as a woman in the “fantasy business,” as Veronica Webb called it. For her wearing a weave is about getting paid. Now that’s tough!

Loving
Loving
10 years ago

Lmao! I saw this on mediatakeout.com and they said she had 10 naps, but I counted 13. Naomi is a hot mess with disaster edges!

dani
dani
10 years ago

i know she’s rich, beautiful, and what not…

but i feel so bad for her. they mutilated her.

Afrika
10 years ago

So much hate in this post. Damn! SMH

Betty Chambers
10 years ago

I admire her for her beauty, and she is a beautiful, feminine woman. There’s nothing masculine about her. Based on her fine bone structure, she could have cut all her hair off, put a stocking cap on, and worn a wig. This is a woman who could easily rock a baldie. The stylists obviously didn’t care about her hair, and she could have chosen to protect her hairline. However, if she doesn’t care about her hair, there’s really nothing more to say. She has access to people who understand natural hair. Maybe she can’t be bothered. Maybe she feels that’s the… Read more »

Celeste
Celeste
10 years ago

@ Loving:

I think you should change your name to “Hating” b/c there was definitely no love in your comment! Wow…

Madimom15
Madimom15
10 years ago

I sincerely feel sorry for her. I can’t imagine having to deal with that because of choices I made and not uncontrollable happenings. I feel so sorry for her. That may be a part of the reason for some of her anger issues.
Thank you Taharqa for that video. Veronica made some great points!

Cassie
Cassie
10 years ago

Although I feel very sorry for my fellow Jamaican Brit, I do feel that Ms. Naomi has many options. She can go completely bald, go natural (with intense treatment for her scalp), or wear wigs.

She should not be weaving anything onto her head anymore as it appears that her hairline is severely damaged.

Let’s not tear each other down. Naomi obviously has chosen to pay an awful price to be beautiful. She can turn this around into something positive for other Black women who are tempted to do the same.

teachermrw
10 years ago

What Campbell’s hairline reveals is that one’s financial resources — and hers are considerable — don’t necessarily eradicate ignorance. Either she doesn’t know, doesn’t care, is too lazy, or all of the above. Perhaps the attention focused on Campbell and her hairline will force her to deal with the situation. Then again, maybe not.

BrayyNicole
BrayyNicole
10 years ago

Let me first say, im new to this site.. and I love it already! 🙂

Honestly, I think Naomi Campbell would be fierce if she cut all her hair off!

Leo the Yardie Chick
Leo the Yardie Chick
10 years ago

I’m not going to lie, but these photos motivated me to take care of my hairline even more. Extra attention when I moisturize, and no tension causing styles.

That’s pretty sad, though — both the damage and the countless weaves over the years that cause it in the first place. She had such a great head of hair in one of her childhood photos. 🙁 I hope the damage can be rectified.

aJwitaFrO
10 years ago

Wow, I actually just feel really bad for her.. I mean ya she’s rich and famous but she’s still a human being. this is just really unfortunate in my opinion. At least she has the money to buy expensive wigs to cover that up but that is just really unfortunate!

Emmanuelle
Emmanuelle
10 years ago

I feel really sorry for Naomi. I’m on this site cos I had the same problem. I grew up with my low cut fro (I’m African African African) through high school, and even first two years of University till 1999 (I had stood proud and weird but Kinky ‘Fros of my type are HAAAAAAAARD to manage around these parts, and don’t number much, so you need to go Lo-Lo-Local to even get someone to plait for you. Did I mention how limited you are in styles 2?) Then I got a perm (and easily combed and styled) till 2005 when I… Read more »

Angela
Angela
7 years ago

It’s sad for me that someone with her means, who probably visits very high end salons with supposedly very experienced staff did not advise her. I mean for her hair to get to this level did her hairdresser not tell her anything? Even to give her hair a break between work (eg to not wear a weave and just let her hair ‘breathe’ like while on leave or between gigs? Or could this be a case of her being advised and not heeding? Either way, it’s a good lesson to those like me who also relied heavily on sew-ins. My… Read more »

Joy
Joy
7 years ago

It sucks that her hair is doing this. But JBCO will help grow it back. She needs to get her natural hair braided up throw on one of those 100 wigs and roll on. Life goes on she is more than her hair. HOWEVER, shame on the stylists who did not protect her edges. You live and learn and you walk it out!

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