Naomi Campbell, 50, welcomes her first child

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has become the mother of a baby girl at the age of 50, she said Tuesday in a surprise announcement on Instagram.

FILE: British supermodel Naomi Campbell. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - British supermodel Naomi Campbell has become the mother of a baby girl at the age of 50, she said Tuesday in a surprise announcement on Instagram.

"A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother," she wrote alongside a photograph of her hand cradling a tiny pair of infant feet.

"So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life," she continued, adding that there were "no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love."

Campbell did not give more details.

She had spoken previously about becoming a mother, telling the Evening Standard magazine in 2017 that "I think about having children all the time."

But she added that "with the way science is I think I can do it when I want."

Celebrities were quick to offer their congratulations.

"Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around," wrote designer Marc Jacobs on Instagram.

"oh my goodness congrats lady! What a blessing!!!" said actress Zoe Saldana.

YouTube, where Campbell has launched her own channel, also chimed in.

"Such beautiful news, massive congratulations Naomi," the video-sharing site's official Instagram account posted.

The jet-setting, barrier-breaking model still poses for magazine covers, in between charity and NGO work - particularly in Africa - and reality TV appearances.

In 2019, when asked about children by WSJ magazine, she replied: "Not yet - I'll see what the universe brings me."

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