Naomi Campbell

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Naomi Elaine Campbell

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 22 May, 1970

Ethnicity: Jamaican [African, one quarter Chinese, possibly other]

Naomi Campbell is a British model, actress, and singer.

Naomi was raised by her mother, Valerie (Morris), and has never met her biological father. Her surname, Campbell, is from her mother’s re-marriage.

Naomi’s family is from Jamaica, and of mostly African descent. One of Naomi’s grandmothers was of Chinese descent, and had the surname Ming.

Naomi spent part of her early childhood in Rome. Her mother was a member of the Fantastica dance troupe.

photo by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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JasonBaker June 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm

OMG She doesn’t look Chinese at all.

Adamina September 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm

She is very beautiful. Never knew she had Chinese in her. She could easily pass for a Nigerian

neiltennant July 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

she looked great and still looks great

even her shock photos which supposed to be shocking where she is without hair etc, even on those pictures she looks great

ihatemostpeople May 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

No wonder she’s so beautiful. She has Asian in her.

anastas January 3, 2014 at 6:59 am

she looks Asian but with dark skin. its funny how black people get so mad when someone who is dark skinned says they are mixed, and they say “she wishes!”, “yeah right, your black get over it”, or “he/she is black and that’s it!”. u guys sound like u hate yourselves

Masri March 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm
flo January 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

You really honestly truly believe with your heart Naomi Campbell looks like an Asian person?

neiltennant April 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm

IS THERE a chance that she might have also european roots ?

sabcam August 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

She has like a drop of chinese blood so calm yourselves! Apart from her eyes slightly slanted eyes, I don’t see any asian stereotypical trait in her, and for the nose a lot of black people have that nose. And I read she has an asian face shape. NOT AT ALL ! Asians have round chin, which is not her case. Her face shape is more of a black trait.

Anya April 14, 2012 at 6:10 am

I have always been able to see the Chinese in Naomi. Such a beautiful woman but such an ugly personality!

George March 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

she does look asian come on now. ..that face structure, the only thing that is keeping you all from saying she has chinese in her is the fact that her skin is dark. If she had skin like kimora youd all believe she was chinese….dumbasses.

misscara February 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

Jamaica has a lot of Chinese ancestry for those that don’t read.

NeNeYo January 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

I love Naomi! I do not know about the Chinese ancestry thing….but hey if she said she is why not believe her she would know her own background. Plus, there are many different ethnic mixtures in JAMAICA.

W.Y. Morris January 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

Ahhhww…its interesting to see so much fuss about the family genetic pool, but its true. We are descendant from Chinese migrants to Jamaica long ago. But your right we do not consider ourselves Chinese in any form,but I do enjoy Chinese New Years. My papa (Naomi’s uncle) and his sister (Naomi’s grandmother) do have Chinese features as we all do, but they are not as heavily visible like in others…..Yes, I happen to be the more brainy one out the bunch but beauty runs in the family. We have good GENE’s….lol….

Jack December 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm

lol! None of her parents are Englishmen but shes born in England LOL! Just LOL

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

My cousin is african american , chinese and native american , and he also kinda has that feel to him like naomi

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

O yeah and naomi has a Chinese (button) nose .
and the eyes , its shape is also more Chinese…she has a wide set face Chinese/Jamaican
and she has a Jamaican hue to her complexion ,really good skin that Jamiacan and especially chinese woman have

samantha August 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm

i don’t remember naomi ever saying she considers herself chinese … the way i see it, even if she is genetically partially of chinese descent; it’s her choice to decide if she wants to embrace it along with being a black british person. being genetically mixed up and what one considers oneself to be based on the culture he/she grew up are two different things. let the girl decide for herself.

Di August 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

My mum’s birthday is exactly the same date, month and year as hers :D :D

Gail Kennedy May 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

ABSOLUTELY! Both offensive and completelt ignorant. I am white but have been to Africa several times where there is no racial mixng and seen many beautiful African women.

Jay April 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I’m from Barbados and am fully African-Caribbean. My hair has always been super-resistant to any attempts at curling, twisting everything. (think seal pelt). In fact my friends always assumed that I relaxed my hair. One day my older sister and I were on the bus when a woman got on. We both exclaimed “Hello Mum!” at the same time. She looked at us blankly and we realised she was fully Chinese. Bit embarrassing on all sides. I’d always blamed some white colonial ancestor for my hair, but that day I think we discovered where the culprit genes really lay. I’m beginning to suspect that the Chinese nation has been round the planet a lot more than the rest of us ;)

applegirl April 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hm, I have a little similar experience. Except it’s usually other ppl mistaking me for hispanic when I’m chinese, lol. I can’t tell you the number of times someone thinks I’m hispanic, and they walk right up to me and start asking me something in spanish. It’s really awkward because then I don’t know what to say. I’m not really offended by what other people see in me, but it does make me question if somewhere down the line in my family we’re a little mixed. as far as I know, my most recent ancestors (up to back three generations) are all chinese, or at least on my father’s side I am. my mother’s side prior to her grandparents I’m really not so sure about…

sheryl March 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

why can”t she have chinse in her because she is to black and yes plain black people can have those eyes because we are all linked by dna even though a lot of people dont think so. I am half trinidadian spanish and indian my mother my father black southerner but if you look at my son you would think so because his father is dark but it call resessive genes you never know when you have the mix no matter how far back it goes

Dude September 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm

She’s never met him but knows so much about his background. Yeah, right. She’s a notorious fibber. A Chinese woman in Jamaica back then is a bit of a stretch. She’s probably part NA but really doesn’t know what she is. She’s full of it.

Katie September 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Jamaican

There were alot of chinese in Jamaica.

fuzzybear September 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

To Dude

I think you should actually check things out first,because chinese people have been coming to the West Indies for over 200yrs.As slaves,replacment workers,just to live etc.So there’s no stretch to her being part chinese

ethnic September 24, 2010 at 3:10 am

Probably not many Chinese Woman but a lot of Chinese men.

fuzzybear September 24, 2010 at 7:35 am

To Ethnic

Yes mostly men, who because there were very few asian women,intermarried with black women.However as you can see,later on asian women came.Oh wait,I forgot about some of asian women being used as sex slaves in the early days

fuzzybear September 24, 2010 at 7:50 am

can someone tell me what genevieve goings ethnicity is,I know she’s latina but from where

bzbunni October 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

There are alot of chinese in Jamaica….they basically call them all Chin. There is so much mixing in JAMAICA who really knows Tammy Chynn is a prime example

jason January 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm

your and idiot we have had chinese people jamaican for hundreds of years

jason January 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm

you should speak things you dont know

Anonymous July 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Who fucking cares? Shut up

Ta July 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

GWEH..!

[L.O.V.E] June 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

She does kinda of look chinese, not alot, but hey, look at Tiger Woods. No one’s fully black, white, mexican, asian, arabic, native american, or whatever you are anyways. The world’s like a freakin’ bag of skittles.

Me myself and I January 4, 2011 at 5:48 am

shut the f*ck up! all Whites of today are 10000000000000000000000% White, and Yellows too,.. Mexican is not a race.. and Blacks in the USA are not 10000000000000000000% Black but in Africa they are

fuzzybear January 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

To Me

You will have to deal with this,a large part of whites are not pure.There has been mixing since pale skin came along.Also Asians have been mixing,and black people in Africa have been to,with Asian and white for a long time now.All you have to do is look it up.

total23 May 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

well to be honest everyone is ugly to someone, and everyone is beautiful etc. to someone.

drexxx April 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

@alive: if you’ve seen my numerous posts in this site, you could know that i’m the very last one to stick an ethnicity to someone just by looking. I don’t say that naomi can’t be part asian because she’s dark skinned, i just explain how media can manipulate ppl, insisting in her hypothetic non black side, but the real message through this statement is like: you can’t be considered one of the most beautiful woman in the world(or be successful) if you are totally black. You have to be at least part non black if you want to succed in life or just be respected. With that, why wouldn’t black ppl claim their 10% of this or 5% of that, just in order to escape the blackness. It’s so sad, im very glad to hear black celebs who say they’re black, because blackness never equal uglyness.

boobboo April 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

first of it doesn’t matter if she’s dark skinned, like im dark skinned but im not fully black im black Irish, German , Indian, and Cherokee native american. Just like shes black and Chinese but she’s from London just because she’s dark skinned don’t mean she can’t be from England dumb, and I know plenty of ppl that are Asian and black white and black Spanish and black Jamaican and Spanish ik lots of ppl that are dark or light and aren’t actually the race you think they are and also like Dominicans that look black but they parent so just because she dark don’t mean shes not any othe race or ethincity

Alive April 5, 2010 at 1:30 am

Sorry I don’t recall Naomi saying that she wasn’t black! She is part Chinese – why is that such a problem? She has also stated her ancestry in newspapers. But did she say she was mixed race? No. I don’t get the problem. Why is it okay for a light skinned person to say that they are a quarter this or that, but oh no if a dark skinned person says they are – they want to deny their blackness? Naomi got where she is being black! I didn’t see them trying to make her any lighter in pics like a lot of celebs do.

drexxx April 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

and btw, he surname ming is not necessarily asian. I know some africans with the surname ming !!!!

Tribe April 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm
James April 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

No matter what blood she inherited, oriental, african whatever. The importance is she’s goddamn beautiful and sexy.

James Bond March 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm

It’s all nonsense. Even if it were true, how can one take claim to something that is soooo far back???

Funny how white people don’t do this. Angelina Jolie has curly hair, full lips and played a mixed woman in a film. She doesn’t claim blackness though.

You have mixed people like Obama or Alicia Keys calling themselves black, and black people like Campbell or Beckford calling themselves mixed.

Funny that:/

drexxx March 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

i’m so fed up with that … When black people are beautiful, media try to make them non black, overclaiming their non black side !! Naomi, despite of her “chinese” blood, has negroid features, including her eyes, her nose, her lips, and cheekbones !
For cry sakes i have thin eyes like chinese people, like every relative of my mother’s side, and no chinese blood believe me !!!! Maybe naomi has chinese blood, but its her black blood which make her so beautiful !!!!

Lauren February 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

sometimes

ethnic January 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Jamaica is more diverse than many think.

mb January 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I grew up & live in multi-ethnic Hawaii and Naomi IS DEFINITELY part Chinese It is very evident in her face–her cheekbones and eyeshape are strong clues. I would guess that on the low end she’s 1/16 to 1/8 Chinese, and at the most she’s about 1/4 Chinese. I used to wonder b4 if she had any asian, so now I know that she is and that her particular asian is Chinese. Also, I did not know about the Chinese connection to Jamaica so it’s great to know about that now!

megara January 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

why is it that on every other african-american/mix celeb page there’s at least one person saying that the particular celebrity is trying to deny being black? black is a pretty dominant gene. one can look almost all or completely black yet still have mixed ancestry. get a grip, people. maybe you all have a hard time accepting that you’re all 100% something.

MariposaSedosa December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Yes there are a good portion of Jamaicans with Chinese ancestry, I know a couple personally who aren’t related.

ethnic December 3, 2009 at 1:00 am

Descendants of indentured servants of Asian and Chinese origin continue to reside in Jamaica today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Jamaican

Dude September 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I spoke too soon without reading this.

Nosie December 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

i dont think so

ethnic November 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Thats true. a lot of Chinese workers were sent to the Caribbean to work and many never returned to their homeland giving Jamaica a diverse mix.

Natasha Rossi November 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

Are you guys idiots!??
She’s obviously part Chinese! look at her!
My boyfirend is a Chinese-Jamaican (his mom is of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese ancestry and his dad is of Afro-Jamaican ancestry)!
He has dark skin and his Chinese features are still evident in his eyes.
Many Jamaicans can possibly have Chinese blood b/c thousands of Chinese workers were sent from Northern China to Jamaica for slavery (majority males) and they intermingled with the African female slaves. Today some Afro-Jamaicans may not show most of their Chinese features b/c many of the intermixing occured nearly 200 years ago!!!! duh

lis October 31, 2009 at 4:53 am

she is very ugly either way.

true person talking October 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Naomi Campbell is a black person. I agree with blueline.I t is unfortunate that when a black person become well known, to be accepted, they always want to deny that they are fully black. If you look at Ms Campbell without all the shading of her makeup, she has very big lips and a flat nose, which she shades with makeup to look smaller and without the weave, her hair is picky, nappy and short. Also she puts eyeliner around her eyes in a certain way to make her eyes look more oriental. As for being part Chinese I don’t think so. For a start, Noami’s mother did not know the father long enough to find out the hertitage of that side of the family. You can have a Chinese person in the family where the generations is many more timeS removed along the blood line, where the Chinese look will not show as the generations go by and I have looked at Ms Campbells face and I can not see any Chinese look in her. The woman is black, but she is deluded with her heritence and her looks. When since have you seen her without her weave and makeup, plus she is always going out with white men. Strip away her makeup and weave and Noami Campbell is really an ugly black woman.

total23 May 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Don’t Make Naomi Hear You Say That, Or She’ll Slap You…Lol

michelle October 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

plz, that lady is black

total23 May 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm

And Chinese!

ethnic June 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

thats right Buzzcock. according to wiki there are quite a lot of Jamaicans with Chinese heritage. check out this page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Jamaican

A lot of them still have the Chinese surnames.

Buzzock June 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm

You are wrong Naomi is part-chinese. Her mother should know she gave birth to her. Anyways the chinese is evident. I also know a lot of jamaicans with Chinese ancestry who look like naomi.

bluelinexx May 31, 2009 at 3:38 am

Beautiful, yes. Part Chinese? I highly doubt it. It does say she never met her father, so how would she know what he is? Another black celebrity not wanting to accept “the blackness”.

Bri January 26, 2009 at 6:17 am

woW…unique. Sh3’s Beautyful

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