Naomi Campbell lands first-ever photoshoot with black fashion photographer

Naomi Campbell has posed for a black fashion photographer for the first time in 33 years.The British supermodel has taken to Instagram to share images from her recent photoshoot with Campbell Addy for the Guardian Weekend magazine, and in the accompany…

Naomi Campbell has posed for a black fashion photographer for the first time in 33 years.

The British supermodel has taken to Instagram to share images from her recent photoshoot with Campbell Addy for the Guardian Weekend magazine, and in the accompanying caption, noted that the experience was monumental for her.

“It’s my first time in 33 and a half years, shooting with a black photographer in mainstream fashion,” she wrote. “BLESS YOU @campbelladdy for a beautiful day and to the whole team and @guardianweekend for this piece.”

Campbell was styled by Jenke Ahmed Tailly, while Lorenzo Barcella was in charge of her hair and Daniel Sallstrom was tasked with doing her make-up.

Accordingly, British-Ghanaian photographer Addy was full of praise for the star and described their collaboration as one of the most “surreal” moments of his career.

“It’s a very surreal moment after the longest flight of my life and to see this be shared with you all. Firstly, to have shot the icon that’s Ms Naomi and two for her to reveal that it’s the first time in over THREE decades that she’s been photographed by another black person in mainstream fashion… let that sink in people… I am very blessed to be alive and working today, so thank you to everyone that’s made my existence possible,” he shared. “Here’s to many more shoots together…Much love to you @naomi and @guardianweekend! To the team involved I love you all.”

Meanwhile, in the interview for Guardian Weekend, Campbell tackled a number of topics, including the early days of her modelling career, her rise to fame in the late ’80s, her role as a contributing editor at British Vogue magazine, and her recent decision to decline an appearance in an “all-black show” because it goes against her advocacy of “balanced inclusion”.

“I can see clearly when brands want diversity because they get it and think it’s the right thing to do – and the ones who just think it will look bad if they don’t,” the 49-year-old commented.

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Naomi Campbell announces Fashion for Relief pop-up store

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The st…

Naomi Campbell will be selling her designer clothes at a pop-up store to benefit Fashion for Relief.

The supermodel, who founded the charity in 2005, has curated the pieces to be sold at a temporary boutique in London’s Westfield shopping centre. The store will include bespoke and limited-edition pieces from fashion brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Alaia, and items from her own wardrobe.

“It’s truly a pleasure to be partnering with Westfield London again to launch our fourth Fashion For Relief designer pop-up store,” the 49-year-old said in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get their hands on some really special fashion pieces at accessible prices.

“Whether you are shopping for Christmas presents or just treating yourself, you can do so here knowing that the money is going to help improve the futures of young Londoners.”

The pop-up will run in the Atrium from 27 November until 8 December and will raise money for Fashion For Relief 2019’s charity partner, the Mayor’s Fund for London.

“I’m delighted that Naomi and Fashion For Relief have chosen to support the Mayor’s Fund for London,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said back in September. “We share the belief that all young people, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

Up-and-coming designers will also be presenting collections at the pop-up store, as well as pieces donated by Naomi’s celebrity friends.

The supermodel recently staged a star-studded catwalk show to benefit Fashion for Relief during London Fashion Week, with Naomi walking the runway alongside models including Stella Maxwell.

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Cindy Crawford reflects on ‘big shift’ digital cameras caused in fashion world

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Sc…

Cindy Crawford has reflected on the impact digital cameras have had on the modelling industry.

The supermodel started working in 1986 and quickly began starring in campaigns alongside fellow stars including Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Kate Moss.

Over the course of her career, Crawford has posed for many photographers, including the late Richard Avedon and Herb Ritts, but in an interview held as part of Vogue’s recent Forces of Fashion conference, she pondered whether the use of digital cameras means that there is less spontaneity on set when compared to traditional film.

“What I’ve noticed is sometimes (photographers are) like, ‘OK, we got it.’ Because they see it big (on a screen),” she commented. “Sometimes that next thing that was gonna happen was like the unplanned thing. Or sometimes, for instance, you’re modelling and you’ll do something that looks bad but the next thing was gonna look good but they’ll stop you at the bad… we used to be like, ‘O.K. now we’ve got it, let’s just do two rolls for the heck of it and throw it away,’ and that might be where the magic is.”

Crawford went on to recall how strange it was when photographers such as Michael Thompson first began using digital cameras, as there was less focus on what the model was doing.

“When you were shooting with film and there was no monitor, all the attention was on the set, on the model. So, there was an aspect that you were performing in front of the hair(stylists), the make-up (artists), the stylist. Everyone’s eyes were on you, and when you’re receiving that (attention), you put it on, you perform,” the 53-year-old remembered. “All of a sudden, everyone was hovered around the monitor, and I’d be standing on set like, ‘Guys, I’m over here, I feel alone.’ That was a big shift for me.”

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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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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Naomi Campbell used to feel like ‘token black model’ in fashion shows

Naomi Campbell used to feel like the “token black model” when she walked the runway.The 49-year-old discussed diversity in fashion during an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech Live event and opened up about feeling uncomfortable in the ear…

Naomi Campbell used to feel like the “token black model” when she walked the runway.

The 49-year-old discussed diversity in fashion during an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech Live event and opened up about feeling uncomfortable in the early days of her modelling career.

She candidly shared the examples of tokenism that she experienced, and while she didn’t name any specific brands, Naomi insisted that the problem was far-reaching when she was walking the runways back in the 1990s alongside fellow models such as Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen.

“I know what it’s like to be the token and it wasn’t a good feeling to have to always be the only black model in a show of 70 girls. It was uncomfortable. I didn’t like it,” she explained.

“I don’t want to say names of brands because I’m not going to call people out… I have to believe that everybody is coming from a good place. We’ll discover, as we go along – we will know who is doing it for the token and who is doing it for real.”

She also denied that she didn’t want any other black models walking the runways with her during her heyday, by saying: “Well that’s not true. I did.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed how she now wants to see more representation behind-the-scenes at big fashion houses and wants brands to employ more people of colour.

“You’ve seen all shapes, sizes, colours, different hair types on the runway – we’re still in that,” Naomi said. “But now, it needs to go deeper than that. We need to see within the actual companies, in the offices, are you going to give the diverse staff a seat at the table to advise and be part of the projects that you do?”

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Designers asked Naomi Campbell to fall after infamous runway slip

Naomi Campbell was asked by designers to intentionally fall after once taking a tumble during a Vivienne Westwood runway show.The supermodel famously fell while strutting in sky-high platform heels during the 1993 event, and she still considers it an a…

Naomi Campbell was asked by designers to intentionally fall after once taking a tumble during a Vivienne Westwood runway show.

The supermodel famously fell while strutting in sky-high platform heels during the 1993 event, and she still considers it an awful moment.

“I was embarrassed because also it was not the right time of the month for a woman to fall and I felt like I should have practiced more,” Campbell told Westwood in a new interview for British Vogue. “There’s a trick to walking in your shoes.”

The jaw-dropping incident was so highly publicised, other fashion designers asked her to recreate the moment.

“A couple of people, designers, asked me if I would fall for them,” the 49-year-old remembered. “And I was like, ‘Why would you want me to fall unnecessarily?’ ‘Press! The press that you got!’ But it wasn’t planned!

“They asked me if I would do it and I said, ‘Absolutely not, it goes against everything that I stand for. I’m not falling purposefully.'”

Today, Campbell still replays the words she said to herself that night, adding, “The most important thing is that I said to myself, ‘Get up and keep going. That’s all you have to do.'”

Elsewhere in the interview, the fashion icon revealed that Westwood had taken her and Kate Moss for tea in London when they were starting out in the modelling industry to discuss environmental issues and activism.

“You sat us down and gave us a talking to about being conscious in the world. That had a big impact on me,” she recalled. “You know, they have these posh words for it now, like philanthropy. For me it was just like, you do it because you want to do it.”

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Vivienne Westwood wants people to stop buying clothes

Vivienne Westwood has urged people to cut down on the amount of clothing they buy.The 78-year-old has discussed the devastating impact the fashion industry is having on the environment in a new interview with Naomi Campbell for British Vogue. Westwood …

Vivienne Westwood has urged people to cut down on the amount of clothing they buy.

The 78-year-old has discussed the devastating impact the fashion industry is having on the environment in a new interview with Naomi Campbell for British Vogue.

Westwood stated that climate change has affected the world so severely something “has got to happen this year, or else we’re too late”.

“It’s not enough to just live the life you’ve got already. You’ve got to stick to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle,” the veteran designer explained, before adding that people can buy less and cut down on their fast-fashion footprint. “You reduce the clothes you’re buying; you buy quality not quantity, (and) make sure you want to keep on wearing it. Go to work in an evening dress if you want.”

The icon also shared that people can make one of their old T-shirts into a Vivienne Westwood original by taking it into any of her boutiques and asking employees to paint “BUY LESS” onto the garment.

Westwood added that her work as an activist and a designer are intertwined, because it’s “very, very important” to look good if you want to make a point “because then people (take you seriously)”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell revealed that Westwood had taken her and Kate Moss for tea in London when they were starting out in the modelling industry to discuss environmental issues and activism.

“You sat us down and gave us a talking to about being conscious in the world. That had a big impact on me,” the 49-year-old recalled. “You know, they have these posh words for it now, like philanthropy. For me it was just like, you do it because you want to do it.”

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Naomi Campbell ‘not yet’ ready to become a mother

Naomi Campbell isn’t looking to start a family anytime soon.The British supermodel has enjoyed an unprecedented three-decade-long career in modelling and remains one of the most recognisable faces in the fashion world – and she has no plans to slow dow…

Naomi Campbell isn’t looking to start a family anytime soon.

The British supermodel has enjoyed an unprecedented three-decade-long career in modelling and remains one of the most recognisable faces in the fashion world – and she has no plans to slow down.

When asked by a reporter at WSJ. Magazine if having children was part of her plans, she replied: “Not yet – I’ll see what the universe brings me.”

The Face star is currently single, but she insists her busy schedule means she “doesn’t have time to be lonely”.

“Being alone doesn’t mean you are lonely. I don’t have time to be bored,” the 49-year-old quipped.

And Naomi went on to reflect that, if she were to settle down with someone, she’d want to keep the relationship out of the public eye – citing her early ’90s relationship with actor Robert De Niro as teaching her how to navigate her personal life in the spotlight.

“For me, privacy is important to know each other, and I always worry that my job will not allow that,” she candidly stated. “But I have ways. I was taught that by Robert De Niro.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Naomi also shared that while her schedule can be exhausting, she is grateful for the ability to step away from the public eye when she needs to.

“The good thing with me is that you’d see me and you wouldn’t see me: I’d appear and I’d disappear,” the star added. “Travelling has saved my life in a certain way – I keep it very limited to who knows what (I’m doing) and where I’m going.”

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