Ashley Graham picked by Christy Turlington for Harper’s Bazaar Voices of Hope issue

Ashley Graham was overjoyed to be chosen by Christy Turlington for the Harper’s Bazaar Voices of Hope issue.The model, 32, features on one of six covers for the issue, which brings together several powerful women in the U.S. discussing racial injustice…

Ashley Graham was overjoyed to be chosen by Christy Turlington for the Harper’s Bazaar Voices of Hope issue.

The model, 32, features on one of six covers for the issue, which brings together several powerful women in the U.S. discussing racial injustice and the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Ashley stunned in a one-shouldered Proenza Schouler knitted bandage maxi dress, from the designer’s fall/winter show last year, with a signature cut out at the waist, and complemented by a statement gold choker.

The Sports Illustrated star also shared a behind-the-scenes snap of her photoshoot onto Instagram, which was shot over video call app Zoom by photographer Mario Sorrenti.

In the snap, Ashley’s husband Justin Ervin can be seen holding a phone while carrying their five-month-old son Isaac in a front-facing baby carrier, as the model posed on a stairwell.

“Thank you @cturlington for including me alongside this group of incredible women. There are so many reasons I look up to you,” she wrote in the caption. “Your fight for the health and well-being of mothers and children everywhere never stops inspiring me… It has been a trying time for everyone, but my faith in these women and everyone else who is fighting for change is what gives me hope for the future.”

Ashley features in the issue alongside fellow model Christy; chairwoman of New York’s Covid-19 Maternity Task Force Melissa DeRosa; six-time Olympic gold medal-winning runner Allyson Felix; U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood; and public health expert Dr. Leana Wen.

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Naomi Campbell ‘forever grateful’ to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista

Naomi Campbell is “forever grateful” to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for their support in the early days of her career.The trio was part of the iconic group of supermodels in the 1990s known as The Big Five, alongside Cindy Crawford and Cla…

Naomi Campbell is “forever grateful” to Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista for their support in the early days of her career.

The trio was part of the iconic group of supermodels in the 1990s known as The Big Five, alongside Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.

And in a new interview with Variety, Naomi has recalled how grateful she was when the women stood up to defend her when designers refused to use her in their shows.

“I’m forever grateful to these people and to Christy and Linda,” the 50-year-old praised. “Back in the day when people were not so open – because people hadn’t thought about using a woman of colour in shows – they would defend me and put themselves on the line by saying, ‘If you don’t use her you don’t get us.’

“That doesn’t happen today because everyone is out for themselves, and that compassion and support doesn’t exist anymore.”

In addition, the model-turned-philanthropist touchingly revealed that she still regards the supermodels as family.

“Cindy, Linda, Christy and I were four girls who were brought together from different parts of the world,” Naomi shared. “We might never have met if not for work and I still call these women my new additional chosen family as some members of my chosen family have not been around for as long as others.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the British star also discussed reuniting with fellow model Heidi Klum on the Amazon Prime show Making the Cut, after the pair previously worked together on Germany’s Next Top Model.

“I do love working with Heidi. I have a lot of respect for her. She’s fun working to be around and she’s hard-working,” she gushed.

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Christy Turlington kicks off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star …

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.

The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star Turlington has uploaded a vintage video of Campbell to her Instagram page.

“Happy 50th Birthday to my sister from another mister @naomi. I am so sad not to be with you today to celebrate with you. This clip is one of my favourites because it was from an Azzedine show and we loved him so much,” she wrote alongside an undated black-and-white video of Campbell backstage at an Azzedine Alaia presentation. “I also know you love your birthday and appreciate a party. You are a true Gemini and a force for truth and good in the world. I love you and every memory we share.”

In addition, Dior menswear designer Kim Jones posted a picture of himself with Naomi and Kate Moss at his final Louis Vuitton show in January 2018 along with a birthday greeting, while Claudia Schiffer uploaded a montage with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lifetime friend.”

Elsewhere, Adut Akech shared a long message on her Instagram page in which she thanked the brunette beauty for serving as a “role model and mentor” to her.

“Thank you for all that you are and as well all that you do. Thank you for being daily source of inspiration and motivation to me. Thank you for your continuous love and support you show me daily since the first time we met. My chosen family, my mama you are such a light and joy in my life. There is never a dull moment with you and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and by my side on this journey. Such a true beauty inside out,” the 20-year-old gushed. “I pray that your special day is filled with nothing but love, pure joy, laughter and positive energy.”

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Naomi Campbell: ‘We knew how to dress up in the ’90s!’

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry. Recalling some of her to…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.

The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry.

Recalling some of her top Met Gala moments in a new video for Vogue.com, Naomi pinpointed her debut alongside Gianni Versace in 1990 as a highlight and noted that she had such a fun time in the colourful Versace minidress she wore for the night.

“I was in such awe to first be invited by Gianni Versace through my roommate Christy Turlington,” she shared. “The ’90s, you wore everything. You dressed up in the ’90s! It didn’t matter if you were just going to dinner. We would all go for dinner outside of work, Christy, Linda (Evangelista), and I, and we would dress up. Enjoy your clothes, enjoy your accessories, enjoy your hair!”

Naomi went on to speak about some of her other Met Gala ensembles, including the “fairy tale” Versace gown she sported to the 1995 event, as well as pieces from Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo and her “papa”, late couturier Azzedine Alaia.

But one of her all-time favourites has to be the mint green Alexander McQueen dress that brand founder Lee McQueen custom-made for her to wear to the ball back in 2006.

“As a Brit, I wanted to wear a Brit. I thought it would be a great idea if I wore Alexander McQueen. This was to be his last season at Givenchy. Anna (Wintour) actually chose the colour of my pale green dress and then Lee did his magic with the Givenchy staff. And one of the things I remember so much from the fitting is how much Lee loved his staff and how he treated them. It just one of my fittings that I’ll never forget,” the 49-year-old smiled.

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Valentino using fall 2020 campaign to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths. In light of the crisis, Valenti…

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.

Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths.

In light of the crisis, Valentino executives and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli are gearing up to launch the #ValentinoEmpathy initiative, which will feature models including Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Laetitia Casta, Liu Wen, Naomi Campbell, and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as celebrities like Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Mock, Laura Dern, and Rafferty Law.

The stars have all agreed that their fee, totalling approximately $1 million (£800,000), will be donated to the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in the capital, where a dedicated team is fighting to curb the spread of the virus.

In addition, Piccioli has invited members of the public to take part in the concept.

“The idea is very simple, I will hand-pick and provide you with a full look of the collection and you will ask someone close to you to take a picture of you on a white wall,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “Instead of compensation for this project, I am asking you to support me and my company in sustaining Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, the Italian hub fighting Covid-19. I really would like to produce a gesture of love for maison Valentino’s city, I really would like to let Rome know that Valentino friends, not only the brand, are here (sic)!”

It is believed Piccioli will release further details about the initiative in the coming days.

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Naomi Campbell reflects on iconic runway fall

Naomi Campbell has reflected on her iconic runway fall in a throwback post on social media.The British supermodel was just 23 when she took a tumble while walking in the Vivienne Westwood show back in 1993, with her outfit comprised of a sweater, plaid…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on her iconic runway fall in a throwback post on social media.

The British supermodel was just 23 when she took a tumble while walking in the Vivienne Westwood show back in 1993, with her outfit comprised of a sweater, plaid skirt, white tights, pink feather boa, and a pair of sky-high platforms.

The blue leather Ghillie shoes, created by the fashion designer, featured an imitation crocodile skin pattern atop a nine-inch heel with a four-inch front platform.

Naomi posted the infamous video on Instagram last week, with the clip showing her hitting the runway with a bump before bursting into laughter, in an effort to teach her followers a valuable lesson.

“‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’ – Nelson Mandela @viviennewestwood #1993 #fbf,” the 49-year-old wrote in the caption.

Some of the star’s famous friends took to the comments sections to show their love for the beauty, including Christy Turlington, who was one of The Big Five supermodels of the 1990s, alongside Naomi, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer.

“This moment and what you did with it @naomi True Grit & Grace!” she posted.

While Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli recalled being at Vivienne Westwood’s spectacle during Paris Fashion Week more than 26 years ago.

“Oh my God I was there at the show and you were absolutely brilliant!!!” he added.

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Naomi Campbell recalls time she ‘kidnapped’ Kate Moss

Naomi Campbell has fondly recalled the time she “kidnapped” Kate Moss in the early 1990s.During the latest episode of her No Filter with Naomi show on her YouTube channel on Tuesday, the British supermodel spent time reminiscing about the early days of…

Naomi Campbell has fondly recalled the time she “kidnapped” Kate Moss in the early 1990s.

During the latest episode of her No Filter with Naomi show on her YouTube channel on Tuesday, the British supermodel spent time reminiscing about the early days of her career with fellow model Christy Turlington over video chat.

The pair remembered how exhausted they would be after walking in numerous shows over the course of Fashion Month, though one time, Naomi convinced Kate to join her and a bunch of other models for a wedding.

“I met (Kate) in Spain – we were there for bridal shows. And I kidnapped her from this club called Archie’s, I was with Adam at the time, and I said, ‘Adam, we’re kidnapping her and you’ll meet the third partner in crime (Christy) in Paris,'” she recalled, referring to her then-fiance, U2 bassist Adam Clayton.

However, Kate turned the tables on the supermodels by insisting they ditch their glamorous outfits and opt for a much more “grunge” vibe.

“We took her to a wedding, we dressed her up in a Union Jack,” the 49-year-old smiled, before adding: “She dressed us up – she told us we had to dress down and get with it, that we were too polished, that we needed to be a bit more grunge.”

Naomi then remembered that Kate’s style instructions included putting black make-up around their eyes and going for dishevelled hairstyles.

“(I) put my hair up to make it messy with make-up brushes, because that’s all I had… We went Kate’s way,” she laughed.

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Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington discuss their favourite models

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington have discussed their favourite young models in a candid chat.To celebrate the 34th year of her fashion career, the British supermodel invited her longtime pal Christy to have a chat with her on her No Filter with N…

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington have discussed their favourite young models in a candid chat.

To celebrate the 34th year of her fashion career, the British supermodel invited her longtime pal Christy to have a chat with her on her No Filter with Naomi show on her YouTube channel on Tuesday.

During the discussion, the pair opened up about a number of topics, including the models they believe to have similar friendships today.

“I would say Karlie Kloss is super close with her group of people. Jourdan (Dunn) is one of her closest. I think they’re friendly with Gigi (Hadid) and some of those girls too,” commented Christy, while the host added: “I’m loving Alton (Mason), and your nephew James (Turlington). There’s another Turlington in the family that’s a model that’s going to be iconic too!”

Naomi then went on to praise Adut Akech, Selena Forrest, and Kaia Gerber, who is the daughter of fellow ’90s supermodel Cindy Crawford.

“I just love their whole spirit of life and the way they dress – they’re always dressed and they’re always posing – but they’re enjoying it and they’re having fun. And they’re all friends,” the 49-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the video interview, the top models also reflected on their time as roommates in New York City, with Naomi having nothing but praise for her contemporary.

“You spoke about me to (photographer) Steven Meisel, you spoke about me to (designer) Gianni Versace, you just kept on doing and giving and being so generous to me. And putting yourself on the frontline and saying to designers, ‘If you don’t use her, you don’t get us,'” recalled Naomi, while Christy, 51, stated: “You made a mark, the moment that I met you I knew you were special and so much fun.”

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Cindy Crawford was ‘so intimidated’ when she first met Princess Diana

Cindy Crawford has recalled how she was “so intimidated” the first time she met Princess Diana.During a live chat for Naomi Campbell’s No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, the fashion star recalled one moment she will never forget – the time Diana o…

Cindy Crawford has recalled how she was “so intimidated” the first time she met Princess Diana.

During a live chat for Naomi Campbell’s No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, the fashion star recalled one moment she will never forget – the time Diana organised for her to meet Prince William at Kensington Palace when he was around the age of 16.

“I was so intimidated meeting Princess Diana and being at Kensington Palace and just how completely down-to-earth she was because there’s so much protocol I guess, and not being English, I don’t understand some of it,” she remembered, before adding that she felt it was a bit like “going to a friend’s house”. “I feel like she was in jeans and like a cashmere sweater and almost that vibe of being super laid back. So, I also was probably a little, I mean it was uncomfortable, but it was sweet. It was a very sweet day and a great memory.”

In addition, Campbell explained how she and fellow ’90s supermodels Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington had surprised Prince William when he was a few years younger.

“He was coming home from school. And we had gotten there before he had gotten home from school and Princess Diana was like, ‘Okay.’ So, we were just like, ‘What do we do?’ I mean, it was so sweet,” the 49-year-old smiled.

And Campbell had nothing but praise for Diana, who tragically died at the age of 36 in 1997.

“Loved Princess Diana, I just loved her. Humble, how down-to-earth and I’m just blessed to know her for the time that I did,” she added.

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Claudia Schiffer once hired security guards to stop underwear thieves

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evan…

Claudia Schiffer has recalled how she once had to hire security guards to stop people from stealing her underwear.

The German beauty shot to fame in the early 1990s as one of the “big six” supermodels alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss.

However, in a new cover interview for the May 2020 issue of Elle U.K., Claudia reflected on some of the drawbacks of celebrity, including how she had to employ security staff in order to ward off peeping Toms and stop fans from taking her bras and underwear.

“People would cut holes in the fashion tents and try to take pictures of us,” she remembered. “We had security at every fashion show. When I was out on the runway I’d come back and constantly my underwear would be gone – my bra, my knickers … gone!”

And while Claudia has no regrets about her fashion career, she is pleased she no longer has to deal with the frenzied attention – and is happy to pass on her mantle to younger models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

“You don’t have to be called (beautiful) your entire life,” the 49-year-old explained. “It’s a nice memory, but then the next generation starts and you hand over. For me, it’s a natural thing to do… to hand over, to not be envious or jealous.

“As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything worse right now than if you said, ‘There’s a magic pill and it’s going to make you look 20 again.'”

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