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She's long been lauded for her feline . And last night Naomi Campbell was honoured with the Icon Award by the British Council.

It was a fitting milestone in a modelling career that began more than three decades ago.

At 17, when she first appeared on a Vogue cover, she was the impossibly beautiful girl with the cat-like eyes, cheekbones that could have been carved by Michelangelo and skin so luminous, even in real life.

Last night 49-year-old Naomi Campbell was honoured with the Fashion Icon Award by the British Fashion Council in central London which was a fitting milestone in a modelling career that began more than three decades ago

Last night 49-year-old Naomi Campbell was honoured with the Icon Award by the British Council in central London which was a fitting milestone in a modelling career that began more than three decades ago

Today, at 49, she looks... well, almost exactly the same. She looked characteristically eye-catching in a dramatic, semi-see‑through, floor-length gown when she glided down the red carpet last night at The Awards. 

The resulting photos of her could, at first glance, have been taken at any point in the past 30 years.

Perhaps she is even more gorgeously glowing as she hovers close to 50, matured and mellowed, yet still bagging Vogue covers and having become a passionate advocate for younger black girls in the business.

See her in the transparent Versace dress she wore in 1993 and another sparkly Versace number she paraded in at a gala earlier this year, and you'll be hard-pressed to spot much difference.

1991: Already a hit on the catwalk at age 21

1995:  The 25-year-old showed off signature poses

In 1991 Campbell was already a hit on the catwalk at just 21 years old (left) and had begun making her mark with signature poses by 1995

It could be argued that of all the models of her generation, she has gone the distance best of all, continuing to appear in top magazines and on the catwalks on a regular basis.

She's notched up more than 500 covers in the course of her career as well as campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Prada and Louis Vuitton to name just a few of the world's most prestigious brands.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Naomi, though, starting out in the Eighties after being discovered by a model scout on the streets of London's Covent Garden.

In the early days, as the only black model in the original supermodel gang of Cindy

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