Naomi Campbell happy to finally see racial diversity in fashion

Naomi Campbell is happy to see an increase in racial diversity in the fashion industry.The supermodel discussed Black representation during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and revealed she’s hopeful a new direction is coming. …

Naomi Campbell is happy to see an increase in racial diversity in the fashion industry.

The supermodel discussed Black representation during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and revealed she’s hopeful a new direction is coming.

“It needs to change from the board room to the seat. It needs to go right from the top through,” Naomi shared. “I’ve been saying this for years, and so I’m truly grateful and happy, finally, this is happening.”

The 50-year-old British beauty also discussed U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s recent comments on diversity, following the death of George Floyd back in May, and said she was hopeful of an overhaul at the famed publication.

“I think things are about to change, don’t you?” Campbell said. “Things are about to change. Everyone used to think that you liked being the token black person in the room. It’s absolutely the opposite. I never did.”

Despite her optimism, Naomi expressed her sorrow that it took Floyd’s death, at the hands of a white police officer, and a number of other unarmed members of the Black community, to prompt huge changes after millions took to the streets as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The way that it’s had to come out, for people to lose their lives, it’s very sad and my condolences to each and every one of those victims, (and) parents of those people that have gone,” she added. “But this had to happen. This change had to happen.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli shares images of A-list #ValentinoEmpathy campaign

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern,…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.

It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern, Frances McDormand, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Rafferty Law, Janet Mock, and Vittoria Ceretti, among others.

He has now shared numerous images on his personal Instagram page, as well as lengthy statements about the origins of the campaign, including details of the charitable donation all the stars have made.

“A completely new emotional experience,” Piccioli began alongside the first photo he shared, of model Akech. “A universal connection, without being physically connected. For my Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-21 Campaign, I have involved some of my friends in a new type of project. #ValentinoEmpathy brings personality and intimacy to the forefront, through a series of portraits of people I love, shot by their loved ones. Each of the talents have decided to donate their fee, resulting in a 1 million EUR donation to Hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani, the Italian Hub fighting against COVID-19.”

He went on to upload photos of Campbell, Dern, Ceretti, models Laetitia Casta and Leon Dame, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, and Italian rapper Ghali.

“A single image can be shot in countless ways,” Piccioli added next to Ghali’s portrait. “For #ValentinoEmpathy, each person in the campaign is a dear friend, and was photographed by someone close to them. No professional shoot, nothing that wasn’t just real. It makes for many different narratives, revealing the story that each person wants to tell.”

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Edward Enninful ‘racially profiled’ at British Vogue offices

Edward Enninful was racially profiled by a security guard at the British Vogue offices in London.The editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine took to Instagram on Wednesday to share details of the incident, and said he was told to use another entrance w…

Edward Enninful was racially profiled by a security guard at the British Vogue offices in London.

The editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine took to Instagram on Wednesday to share details of the incident, and said he was told to use another entrance when arriving at Vogue House in Mayfair after the guard failed to recognise him.

“Today, I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place,” Enninful wrote. “I was instructed to use the loading bay. Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was.

“Change needs to happen now.”

The 48-year-old, who became the first Black editor-in-chief of the iconic magazine back in 2017, told his one million Instagram followers that Conde Nast had since fired the security guard.

“Condé Nast moved quickly to dismiss the security guard, but it just goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin,” Enninful explained.

According to the BBC, the guard worked for a third party contractor and was dismissed from the site immediately after the incident, and placed under investigation.

Naomi Campbell was one of many to share her outrage at the racial profiling, and commented: “When will this change? Been happening in UK for so long… so sorry you had to go through that !! Don’t let it deter you. Stay STRONG.”

“Normal wasn’t working,” supermodel Iman added, while actress Gemma Chan wrote: “There’s so much more to do. Sorry this happened to you.”

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Pat McGrath Labs recruits Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk and Damian Hurley for new ads

Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, and Damian Hurley have been tapped to appear in the new Pat McGrath Labs campaign.The beauty brand, brainchild of fashion’s most celebrated make-up artist, Pat McGrath, unveiled five new videos on Monday featuring the all-s…

Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk, and Damian Hurley have been tapped to appear in the new Pat McGrath Labs campaign.

The beauty brand, brainchild of fashion’s most celebrated make-up artist, Pat McGrath, unveiled five new videos on Monday featuring the all-star line-up, directed by Steven Meisel.

Models Salomon Diaz, Maty Fall Diba, Leon Dame, Tess McMillan and Hudson Kroenig, alongside iconic Cabaret actress Marisa Berenson, who lends her sublime voice to all five films, are also part of the ads, which show off the label’s new Dark Star Mascara.

In Naomi’s video, the legendary model, who was named the first-ever global face of the brand in May, poses in nothing more than a wide-brimmed hat and long black gloves. Marisa narrates the Oscar Wilde quote: “I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”

It’s the second time in a week the 50-year-old has bared all for work, after she shared unpublished Valentino pictures from the pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign, which show her posing nude on the New York City subway, on her Instagram page.

Irina and Damian, in his second campaign for Pat McGrath Labs, team up in their video, with a leather-clad Irina straddling Elizabeth Hurley’s aspiring model son.

“I love her beauty, but I fear her mind. Stendhal,” drawls Marisa over the imagery.

Their video is captioned: “LASH HAUTE like TWO of the BEST @irinashayk & @damianhurley1‎ directed by the LEGENDARY #StevenMeisel wearing the ONE-SWIPE for INSTANT LASH LUXURY #DarkStar Mascara.”

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Naomi Campbell bares all in unpublished Valentino pics

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.In t…

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.

The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.

In the advert imagery, 50-year-old Naomi posed semi-nude with a green sequin cape covering her modesty.

However, Naomi has now shared snaps where the cape came off. In the three photos uploaded to her Instagram, the statuesque star sits on a bank of plastic chairs, stands on the platform as a train approaches and finally sits in an empty carriage, with nothing more than a Valentino bag to cover her body.

“Unpublished pictures @maisonvalentino (two hearts),” she captioned the stunning photos, tagging the high-end label, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli and photography duo Inez and Vinoodh.

Pierpaolo left a simple love heart underneath the post, while Inez and Vinoodh replied with five lip emojis, and later a string of hearts.

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, also showed his appreciation, writing, “I love these photos so much (heart),” and celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch commented: “All a girl needs is a big good bag of tricks.”

Valentino head Pierpaolo actually pipped Naomi to the post by sharing the shots on his own Instagram in May to celebrate the model’s big birthday.

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Naomi Campbell opens Paris Couture Week with powerful speech about diversity

Naomi Campbell opened the first-ever digital Paris Couture Week on Monday by calling on the fashion industry to do more to embrace diversity. In a video message, the supermodel issued a call to action towards industry leaders, urging them to use the m…

Naomi Campbell opened the first-ever digital Paris Couture Week on Monday by calling on the fashion industry to do more to embrace diversity.

In a video message, the supermodel issued a call to action towards industry leaders, urging them to use the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement to make permanent changes to promote diversity, inclusivity and equality.

“The fight for diversity and for equality has been a long journey in society and in the fashion industry,” the supermodel said while wearing a sleeveless top which read “Phenomenally Black”. “Today, in 2020, we still have a long way to go and the time has come to collectively call the fashion world to task regarding inequality in our workspaces and in our industry.

“It is up to us, it is up to you to start enforcing inclusion of the multitude of identities that compose our countries… It is now more than ever compulsory to include them in a permanent way and not a transient one. It is time to have regular and sustainable conversations with minorities of each countries and cultures, who are already invisible actors of this mega industry.

“It starts now in France. I am Naomi Campbell and I declare Paris Couture Fashion Week ouvert (open). Merci (thank you).”

The first day of Paris Couture Week comprised of digital presentations from Dior, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, featuring Joan Smalls, and Iris Van Herpen, featuring Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten, among others.

Chanel is among the labels showing on day two.

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Naomi Campbell: ‘Conde Nast are developing a Vogue Africa magazine’

Naomi Campbell has claimed Conde Nast are in the process of developing a Vogue Africa magazine. The 50-year-old has long been championing the publishing house to launch an African edition of the fashion bible, which has 23 international editions, and …

Naomi Campbell has claimed Conde Nast are in the process of developing a Vogue Africa magazine.

The 50-year-old has long been championing the publishing house to launch an African edition of the fashion bible, which has 23 international editions, and in an interview with Reuters on Monday, she revealed a plan was in motion.

She said she has had conversations with people at the media company and has “come to understand that Conde Nast are working on bringing a Vogue Africa,” and it was being “looked into to be developed” before the killing of George Floyd by police sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.

Responding to her comments, a spokesperson for Conde Nast told Reuters that it does not comment on future business ventures and is continuously working on the expansion of its brands globally.

The Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and inequality have been raging worldwide in recent weeks, causing many companies to examine the diversity in their workplace and vow to do better to have a more inclusive and representative workforce.

In recent weeks, both Conde Nast boss Roger Lynch and artistic director Anna Wintour, also U.S. Vogue’s editor-in-chief, have admitted that the company and magazine have not done enough to promote diversity and inclusivity.

Naomi, who has been in the fashion industry for 34 years, believes the movement will create job opportunities for Black designers, stylists, and make-up artists and products which cater to a wider range of consumers.

“Now the whole world is on the same page. The voices are coming out now… and I look at that with optimism that we will get our change,” she said.

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Karl Lagerfeld teams up with Kenneth Ize for capsule collection

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Kenneth Ize for a new capsule collection.The French fashion house will be partnering with the designer, who uses traditional West African fabrics and weaving in his colourful and unique pieces. “The breadth of Karl’s w…

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Kenneth Ize for a new capsule collection.

The French fashion house will be partnering with the designer, who uses traditional West African fabrics and weaving in his colourful and unique pieces.

“The breadth of Karl’s work has been very inspiring to me, and it’s an honor to be working with his namesake maison,” Ize told WWD. “Our vision is to combine Karl’s Parisian-chic aesthetic with elements of traditional African artistry.”

The Nigerian-born designer was one of the finalists in the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, and went on to make his official Paris Fashion Week debut back in February, with supermodel Naomi Campbell closing the show.

“Kenneth shares Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for innovation, craftsmanship, quality and authenticity. We very much look forward to launching this capsule collection together,” said Karl Lagerfeld chief executive officer Pier Paolo Righi, who added that the fashion house would unveil further details about the collaboration in the next few months.

Ize uses a centuries-old weaving technique called aso oke for his intricate garments, and has collaborated with textile weavers and designers in Nigeria to create contemporary pieces, including trench coats, tunics, and shorts.

The Ize capsule collection will be available at select Karl Lagerfeld stores and at Karl.com only in April next year.

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Naomi Campbell finally shot by Black photographer for Vogue

Naomi Campbell has lauded her new Vogue Espana cover as “special” after being captured by a Black photographer for the first time for the fashion bible.Sharing a still image and a video of the shoot to her 9.3 million Instagram followers, the 50-year-o…

Naomi Campbell has lauded her new Vogue Espana cover as “special” after being captured by a Black photographer for the first time for the fashion bible.

Sharing a still image and a video of the shoot to her 9.3 million Instagram followers, the 50-year-old couldn’t hide her delight that Nadine Ijewere was the person behind the lens.

“Thank you @nadineijewere, @voguespain and the entire team,” she began her post. “This is a special cover for me. As it’s is the 1st time in my 34 year career that I was photographed by a black Photgrapher for vogue / condenast and it was a woman of color.

“Nadine it was truly an honor, I learned a new work ethic from you, a another style of how to be (sic).”

And even though she is the ultimate pro, with decades of experience, Naomi admitted she felt anxious to deliver what Nadine needed of her.

“I can’t tell you how nervous I was inside, I wanted to be able to hold up to what you envisioned and expected,” she continued. “The stillness and the quieting of oneself. This represents more than you will ever know!! Keep Rising Nadine. Shot Pre-Quarantine.”

The catwalk queen added a red heart, heart eye, and black heart emojis to end the post.

Former supermodel Carla Bruni, filmmaker Lee Daniels, and actress Ashley Benson all commented, with Gucci head Alessandro Michele among those to like the post.

London-born fashion photographer Nadine, who has Nigerian-Jamaican heritage, also uploaded the significant cover photo.

“Shot pre-quarantine @naomi for @voguespain with @nathankleinstyling It’s crazy to have been the first woman of colour to have captured Naomi in her 34 year long career !” she wrote in the caption.

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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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