Naomi Campbell is having a moment right now.
The British icon just launched a collection with Pretty Little Thing, and she's back in the spotlight in the Apple TV+ docuseries The Super Models, which documents the rise of the four original 'Supers', who found stardom in the '80s: Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista.
These models were eventually joined by Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss to become known as the 'Big Six', and were a new breed of model who transcended fashion, their faces were plastered across everything from food and film to music.
Meanwhile, Tyra Banks was busy breaking into the fashion scene amidst the Super hype, rising through the ranks at breakneck speed. Booking a record-breaking 25 shows in 1991, she quickly levelled up to the OG Supers' status. But as the only two women of colour with supermodel status in the '90s, Tyra and Naomi would develop a rivalry so legendary it would become ingrained in fashion folklore.
The origin of a supermodel feud.
Naomi and Tyra both rose to prominence in the fashion world at a time when Black models were seldom seen on the runway, and almost never cast on the cover of magazines.
Each model broke ground for women of colour around the world.
Naomi became the first Black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue in 1988. The next year, the British supermodel was the first Black model to be on the front of the September issue of American Vogue.
In 1997, Campbell became the first Black woman open a Prada show.