Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.
The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian crises around the world.
Fashion For Relief has since been staged in places such as Moscow and Mumbai and this year, Naomi is bringing it back to her home city on Saturday.
“I’m so happy to bring it back home to where I was born,” she told British Vogue. “There is nothing better. I’m so thrilled to have the support of the British Fashion Council, British Vogue, Edward (Enninful)… and everyone who has given their time.
“Without everyone’s collaboration it just wouldn’t happen, it happens because we all come together. That’s what I love about it, we (the fashion industry) are always getting slammed – but we know how to show up when we need to. My gratitude is just beyond words.”
The star-studded dinner will be followed by an auction, which includes an exclusive Marina Abramovic sketch and a signed Ellen Von Unwerth portrait shot of the supermodel from 1990.
When asked if she thought the Fashion For Relief gala would be a success when she founded the charitable organisation back in 2005, Naomi confessed she was taken aback by its progress.
“I never put expectations on anything,” she explained. “I didn’t even think I’d still be modelling now! You never know how something is going to work out.”
And the fashion icon is excited to see friendly faces at the event on Saturday, including Pose actor Billy Porter and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris.
“I’m just looking forward to coming home and being with everyone,” she shared. “What makes it so special is that everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be.”
This year, Fashion for Relief is joining forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London and UNICEF to raise funds for disadvantaged children in London and the U.K.
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