Naomi Campell has expressed gratitude to her friends and family as she celebrated turning 50, admitting she never thought she would see this age.

The model, whose birthday was on May 22, took to Instagram and shared a photo of herself sitting on a pale pink sofa surrounded by several bouquets of flowers.

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Alongside the post, Naomi thanked those close to her and also referenced her ”recovery family” who helped her when she was struggling with a cocaine and alcohol addiction. She wrote: ”I would like to firstly say THANK YOU for all the birthday love, well wishes and blessings!. I’m so thankful to have amazing people in my life and grateful for all 50 of my years on this beautiful planet, I honestly did not think I would get here.

For those of you who endured me through thick and thin, the ups and downs, for my recovery family, who keep me on the straight and narrow, who stand discretely by [my] side I am eternally grateful.

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My journey so far has been extremely colorful, always reminding myself I am a work in progress, growing and learning every day. Without you all I would not be here, there would be no Naomi.

The star looked radiant as ever as she donned a white long-sleeved dress with a sheer detail and a dot embellishment. It comes after Naomi recently shared throwback snaps of herself as a child while reminiscing on her younger days on her birthday.

The model took to Instagram on Friday afternoon, sharing an adorable baby photo while thank her mother, Valerie Morris.

Thank you Mum for giving me life I love you,” Naomi said of her mother in the caption of the snap. She also shared a photo of her wearing a yellow dress, which she captioned, ”Me at 3” with a yellow heart emoji. She also shared a number of her early modeling shots from her days as a teenager.

Naomi was just about to turn 16 years old when she landed on the cover of the British version of Elle magazine. 

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The London native also shared a number of birthday posts from her friends, including fellow supermodel Karlie Kloss. Naomi took to her Instagram story to share all the thoughtful messages friends and family have sent on her birthday.