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Happy birthday to Naomi Campbell who turns 44 today

Naomi Campbell in Venezuela, Swimsuit 1997 :: Sante D'Orazio/SI Naomi Campbell in Venezuela, Swimsuit 1997 :: Sante D'Orazio/SI

UNLIKE MANY models who shot for SI Swimsuit early on in their career, Naomi Campbell isn't commonly associated with the Swimsuit franchise. Still, the British model was only 21 when she shot a feature in Spain for the 1992 issue. The next time she appeared was 1997 when Naomi was a full-on supermodel, and a card-carrying member of a supermodel sorority that included Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista.

Recently another from the clique, Amber Vallettaopened up to the Telegraph—but just barely—about the models' antics during their heyday, telling the paper:

I can’t give you any details because we’re all sworn to secrecy. But what we did was ridiculous, the stuff you would do if you were in college—like dressing up in the middle of the night and knocking on people’s doors. Can you imagine opening your door and Kate and Naomi and I are standing there in wigs and sweatshirts?

That we even got a minute with Naomi during that era, much less several rolls worth of gorgeous footage, is kind of a blessing then. So happy birthday, Naomi! Thanks for all the beautiful memories.

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