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After violent outbursts, court appearances and scandal, Naomi Campbell has a surprising new role

In her Nineties heyday of prowling the world’s most exclusive catwalks, she was renowned for being party-loving, demanding – and something of a volatile figure.

But now it appears that Naomi Campbell has been fully embraced by the establishment, after being announced as a Platinum Jubilee Global Ambassador for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT).

The supermodel, 51, who just months ago revealed she had a new baby daughter, said it was a ‘privilege’ to take on the role. 

Jubilee job: Naomi Campbell, 51, at an event in London to announce her role last night. The supermodel said it was a ‘privilege’ to take on the role

Fab four: Miss Campbell pictured with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington at the Versace Autumn Winter Fashion Show in Milan, Italy, in December 1991

She looked stunning in a matching blouse and skirt as she celebrated her new appointment at Hotel Cafe Royal in Soho yesterday evening. 

In the past, Miss Campbell has battled drug addiction – going to rehab in 1999 – and faced multiple assault charges, including on a police officer.

A decade ago, she was at the centre of the trial of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor after it emerged he had given her ‘blood diamonds’ – mined to pay for civil war. 

Her evidence helped convict Taylor of crimes against humanity.

Miss Campbell taking a runway tumble at the Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show in Paris in 1993 (left) and at the Fashion Charity Gala in New York in 1990 (right)

Naughty nineties: Miss Campbell partying with pals like Kate Moss (both pictured above) at the Hilton Hotel in London in 1993

Miss Campbell, who has spent decades working with international charities supporting young people, particularly in Africa, said: ‘I know how proud my grandmother and my great aunts and uncles were of being part of the Commonwealth and being Jamaican. 

'It’s an honour for me to take this very grown-up role.’

In May, Miss Campbell announced the arrival of her daughter, reportedly via a surrogate, writing online: ‘A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother.’

The QCT was set up in 2018 to invest in young leaders across the Commonwealth through partnerships, training and funding.

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