Naomi Campbell still gets nervous before catwalk appearances

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s. Naomi continues to take up some …

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.

The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s.

Naomi continues to take up some catwalk gigs, having closed Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 haute couture and Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 presentations, but in a new interview for the BBC’s Women’s Hour, she revealed that she can find the experience to be rather daunting.

“Normally I don’t tell people. That’s just the way I am. I like it to be kept quiet and then I just appear, do my thing and I’m out. No-one realises that when I walk, I’m nervous,” the 50-year-old insisted. “I try to use my nerves to get over my fear and do what I need to do. The day that I don’t feel nervous is the day that I won’t be on the catwalk.”

Naomi went on to discuss her attempts to combat racism in the fashion industry, having co-founded the Diversity Coalition with fellow model Bethann Hardison back in 2013.

And the fashion icon noted that it is extremely important for her to serve as a mentor for the next generation of models.

“I don’t want to have been in the business for this long and not have made it easier for the next generation,” she mused. “That would really break my heart. I don’t want them to have to struggle the way I struggled, even though I like the challenges I went through. I rose to them. They didn’t squash me. They didn’t silence me. I’ve always been supportive in talking and mentoring young models. If they ever need anything, I’ve always been very open to that. I want them to know they can come to me whenever they need to.”

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Bethann Hardison starring in Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 lookbook

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden…

Bethann Hardison has been tapped to star in the lookbook for Gucci’s pre-fall 2020 collection.

The legendary supermodel, who was one of the first high-profile black models in the 1970s, took to the streets of Rome with American photographer Bruce Gilden to pose for a series of snaps for the Italian fashion house, headed up by Alessandro Michele.

In one look, Hardison can be seen posing on a street near a tram line, wearing square-rimmed black oversized sunglasses despite it being nighttime. She also wears an ankle-length, long-sleeved dress with an interwoven pattern consisting of orange, brown and black fabric, and accessorises with chunky gold earrings and a necklace, purple gloves, and a green handbag.

In other images, the diversity campaigner can be seen wearing a green dress with sparkly pink boots and a bright yellow gown with blue boots.

“Arriving at the shoot, I understood I had already slipped into the world of Alessandro Michele, who chose me to be a part of this special collection,” said Hardison of the experience, according to Fashionista. “Then I met the unique wizard Bruce Gilden, a photographer who captured my character. I came this far, to Rome, Italy to feel completely at home. That’s the joy of stepping into the world of Alessandro Michele.”

Gilden added, “What can I say, it’s just great to have been asked by Alessandro and Gucci to do my thing for them… We both felt at home and shared stories of cutting our teeth in New York years ago. And guess what: We’re older but still getting to do what we’ve always been doing, and for Gucci!”

Hardison began a relationship with Gucci earlier this year when she was brought in as a consultant for its diversity initiatives.

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Naomi Campbell serves as ‘surrogate mother’ to Adut Akech

Naomi Campbell is happy to act as “surrogate mother” for young models such as Adut Akech.The British supermodel has been in the fashion industry for more than three decades and serves as a mentor to young women who have just begun their careers. And i…

Naomi Campbell is happy to act as “surrogate mother” for young models such as Adut Akech.

The British supermodel has been in the fashion industry for more than three decades and serves as a mentor to young women who have just begun their careers.

And in a new interview for i-D magazine, Campbell tenderly revealed that she looks after the new generation of stars, specifically South Sudan-born Akech, whose family now resides in Australia.

“Well, Adut Akech calls me mama. I’m very happy to be her surrogate mother – I know she has a beautiful mother of her own,” she told the publication. “I’m a mama to all the girls that need me. I always want to be approachable. I feel like I have to speak up for them because sometimes they’re nervous to speak up for themselves.”

In addition, the fashion icon ensures that her slender model “daughters” are taking care of themselves.

“Our business is fast. When they come over to my house, I make sure they’re eating dinner. I want to make sure they’re eating and that they’re not too tired. I care,” the 49-year-old shared.

Campbell was taken under the wing of designers including Azzedine Alaia when she first started out, and still calls model and activist Bethann Hardison her “ma”.

“I was very blessed. It was a different time. It was more intimate then. There was no one between us,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell confessed that the fashion industry is now much more brutal then it was in her heyday.

“It’s more of a business now, but I guess everything has to evolve – I always say that. I’ve managed to keep my fashion family and I love them dearly, more than anything. They’ve been there for me and it’s been very special,” she added.

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Elle Germany editor apologises for tone-deaf feature on black models

The editor of Elle Germany has apologised for publishing an insensitive feature about black models. Models including Naomi Campbell, Adut Akech and Bethann Hardison blasted the publication on social media after images from the November 2019 issue were…

The editor of Elle Germany has apologised for publishing an insensitive feature about black models.

Models including Naomi Campbell, Adut Akech and Bethann Hardison blasted the publication on social media after images from the November 2019 issue were shared by the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada.

The magazine featured a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.

In response to the outrage, editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev and her team issued an apology on Instagram, admitting that they made “several mistakes” while trying to feature strong black women in the fashion industry.

“We have made several mistakes for which we apologise to anyone we might have hurt,” they wrote. “It was a mistake to use the cover line ‘Back to Black’ which could be understood as if black persons would be a kind of fashion trend. This obviously wasn’t our intention and it was our mistake not to be more sensitive about this.

“Misidentifying the model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman has also been a mistake which we regret and for which we apologise. We are aware of how problematic this is. This has definitely been a learning experience of us, and we apologise to anyone that we have hurt or offended.”

British supermodel Naomi had written a lengthy Instagram post in which she called the mistake “very disappointing” and “highly insulting in every way”.

“You go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s is misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she fired. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

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Naomi Campbell slams Elle Germany over ‘insulting’ feature on black models

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on th…

Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.

On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.

In response, British supermodel Naomi has taken to Instagram to express her dismay over the magazine’s misplaced attempt to highlight diversity in the fashion industry and begged editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev to reach out to either herself or other pioneers, like Bethann Hardison and Iman, for advice.

“Your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she began. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s OK to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

Naomi went on to comment that she finds it “very disappointing” when models are mislabelled in magazine spreads and noted that she has recently noticed other rising stars being confused with South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech.

“Do you know what it feels like to do the job and not even be given the right name credit? Very disappointing to say the least. If you would like a conversation to know how to have a diverse mind we are here to sit and accommodate,” the 49-year-old fired. “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”

Accordingly, a number of Naomi’s celebrity pals shared their support for her stance in the comments section of her post, including make-up artist Sir John, Ebonee Davis, Linda Evangelista, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, with Bethann writing a lengthy note insisting the magazine bosses should be “embarrassed by our reactions”.

Representatives for Elle Germany are yet to respond to the backlash.

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Naomi Campbell claims she was blocked from French hotel over her skin colour

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, hav…

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.

The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having most recently walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and H&M x Moschino.

Yet, in spite of her global fame, Naomi has now insisted she is still subjected to racism and was turned away from a hotel in the south of France when the Cannes Film Festival was taking place in May this year.

“I was recently in a town in the south of France while the Cannes Film Festival was going on, where I was invited to take part in an event in a hotel that will remain nameless,” she recalled in an interview with Paris Match. “They did not want to let us come in, my friend and me, because of the colour of my skin. This guy at the door made out that the place was full. But he was letting other people in.”

Naomi went on to describe the incident as “revolting”. However, she emphasised that encountering racist behaviour simply inspires her to continue expressing herself and to find new ways to “make myself heard”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Naomi reflected on her career and some of her biggest champions, including late designers Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, while she cited African-America model Bethann Hardison, who rose to fame in the early ’70s, as a “pioneer” for the promotion of diversity in the fashion industry.

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Marc Jacobs unearths show notes from 1987

Marc Jacobs has unearthed a set of show notes from one of his first fashion shows.The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday (02Jan19) to post a photo of a series of scribbles he had written on a piece of paper from the Eden Roc hotel at Miami Beach, …

Marc Jacobs has unearthed a set of show notes from one of his first fashion shows.

The designer took to Instagram on Wednesday (02Jan19) to post a photo of a series of scribbles he had written on a piece of paper from the Eden Roc hotel at Miami Beach, Florida while planning his spring 1987 show along with his creative collaborator and business partner Robert Duffy.

Along with the names of the models he wanted to cast, which included Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Bethann Hardison, Elle Macpherson and Gail Elliott, Jacobs had selected Maria de Schneider to do the make-up and Oribe Canales, who died suddenly at the age of 62 last month (Dec18), to take charge of the models’ hair.

“Whoa!!!! Completely blown away by this artefact of 1987 thanks to @longnguyennyc It was my program notes/credits from my Miami Beach inspired show (before South Beach had really fully developed). It took place in the (Onward) Kashiyama showroom on Seventh Avenue. Fun fact: It was my first show that Anna Wintour attended. She was then the Editor in Chief of HG (which was her new name for House and Garden),” he captioned the snap.

Jacobs also tagged his supermodel pals in the post and added hashtags such as “#humblebeginnings” and “#gratefulnothateful”.

However, the designer’s moment of nostalgia comes just days after it was announced that former members of grunge band Nirvana were suing him over the alleged theft of their smiley face logo.

In legal documents, lawyers claimed that the group, made up of late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, have owned the trademark to the design since 1992, and alleged that a similar logo in Jacobs’ re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection was a “blatant ripoff”. Jacobs is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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Iman shares her simple strategy for combatting discrimination in fashion

Iman makes a point of supporting brands that promote inclusivity and diversity in fashion.The Somalia-born supermodel was a muse for the likes of Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent during her heyday as a high fash…

Iman makes a point of supporting brands that promote inclusivity and diversity in fashion.

The Somalia-born supermodel was a muse for the likes of Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent during her heyday as a high fashion model and has since gone on to establish herself as a beauty mogul with her company, Iman Cosmetics.

Promoting diversity in the industry has long been at the forefront of Iman’s mind and she has now shared her simple strategy for combatting discrimination.

“If a designer boycotts me, I should boycott him,” she told actress Taraji P. Henson in an interview for the April (18) issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “I’m not going to buy a bag from someone who doesn’t use black models. We should celebrate and highlight the people who actually step it up.”

Iman kicked off her modelling career in 1975, when she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard.

In the early days, she looked up to people such as Naomi Sims, who is widely credited as the first African-American supermodel and has recalled how different the business was then.

“Funnily enough, there were more black models working back when I started than there have been recently,” the 62-year-old said, adding that she was inspired to team with Bethann Hardison and Naomi Campbell to push for a new wave of faces a couple of years ago. “We talked about it in the press and to the CFDA, and I think we’re seeing the change on the runways and in campaigns.”

Iman, the widow of rock musician David Bowie, was named as a Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2010. While she counts that award as an important achievement, she doesn’t see it as any more important than any of her other accomplishments.

“It’s a weighty title, but at the same time the Fashion Icon Award is just a title. Of course, it’s nice that it comes from peers in the fashion industry,” she smiled.

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