In all honesty, it's nice to have confidence in what you do. But is there something else going on. Naomi Campbell credits herself for breaking racial barriers Washington : Supermodel Naomi Campbell claims all black women making it big in the fashion industry have her to thank, for she was the one to break racial barriers by being the first black model to grace the cover of Time Magazine. The British model said that she has always fought to break down racial barriers, and that she was proud that she had been able to open doors previously closed to black women. “September of 1991, I was on the cover of Time Magazine, which was incredible. I was the very first black model to appear on the cover and was also the first for British and French Vogue,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying. “I remember first looking at the Time cover and just feeling overwhelmed with emotion. A door had been opened and I was the one to do it. As a model, breaking down barriers is so important to me, something I have always fought for,” she added.