Hammond was a successful fashion model in the 1960s, working for Vogue magazine, notably forming a close working relationship with photographer Terence Donovan. At first happy to model fur, she later became concerned about the cruelty of the fur trade and took a stand against fur. Singer/Songwriter Donovan wrote "Celia Of The Seals" as a tribute to her attitude.
Celia had a long relationship with the guitar master Jeff Beck around 1968~1986.
Celia Hammond Animal TrustEdit
In 1986 she founded the Celia Hammond Animal Trust with the aim of opening a low cost neutering clinic to control the feral animal population. The first of these clinics opened in Lewisham in 1995, a second opened in Canning Town in 1999 and a third is planned to open soon in Chatham, Kent. In addition to neutering animals, the clinics also help to rescue and rehome animals.
In 2006 it was reported that she was in trouble with Newham London Borough Council as a result of owing thousands of pounds of parking fines. The fines were picked up while she was parking outside the Celia Hammond Animal Trust's Canning Town clinic in order to deliver sick animals for treatment.