Just yesterday we were all wondering how Elise Neal didn’t look a day over 35 as she rang in her 50th birthday, and today, we’re celebrating another woman for being yet another shining example of how #BlackDontCrack. Meet Naomi Campbell’s mom, Valerie Morris-Campbell.
The 64-year-old former model and dancer from Jamaica has been featured front and center lately on Naomi’s Instagram page. From showing her off on the way to events to giving her a shoutout on Mothering Sunday (March 6 in the UK), we’ve seen more and more of Valerie. But she’s always been in the background supporting her supermodel daughter.
According to the UK’s Telegraph, Valerie was 19 when Naomi came into the world, and she had to leave her child in the care of her mother while hoping to make a better life for the both of them as a ballerina.
It was something that impacted Naomi, and she somewhat blames her feelings of abandonment during that time for her past temperament. Valerie told Oprah in an interview in 2010 that it’s something she regrets, saying, “I do feel that I abandoned her.” But as Naomi pointed in that interview, she understands and respects the sacrifices her mom had to make for them.
And thankfully, mother, 64, and daughter, 45, are in a much better place, growing even closer after Valerie dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis a few years ago that culminated with her having to have a mastectomy on her right breast. But she’s a survivor, and according to Naomi, a wonderful mother. And she looks fantastic!
Check out more images of Ms. Valerie below and revel in the #BlackDontCrack greatness: