The British Fashion Council has announced that supermodel Naomi Campbell will be honoured with the esteemed Fashion Icon Award at the Fashion Awards billed to hold on the 19th of December 2019.
The award is to recognize and celebrate Naomi for impressive work in fashion over the years and the impact her philanthropy work has made across borders.
Born in England to a Jamaican mother, Naomi began her modelling career at the young age of 16 and has been in the business of fashion and philanthropy for over 30 years, having walked the runway and won several fashion awards over the years.
She was the first black British model on the cover of British Vogue in 1987, French Vogue in 1988 and American Vogue in 1989 and has covered over 500 magazine over the course of her career, a source of inspiration to many young and coming models.
Speaking on the selection, Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council chief executive said:
“Naomi has made an incredible contribution to the fashion industry throughout her career as a supermodel, as well as through her global philanthropist work with charities and incredible fundraising efforts for a more diverse and equal future, especially in Africa. Naomi is an incredible ambassador for Africa, building bridges between nations and putting African designers at the forefront of the global fashion community through events such as ARISE Fashion Week in Lagos. She is an inspiration to many of us and has contributed through her career to change for the better.”
An excited Naomi said to Vogue about the impending award:
“This is a very emotional award to me, I feel blessed and humble. I would say an icon is someone who has a special aura, but also a presence and wisdom. I have always strived to give people from all backgrounds, all colour and cultures, courage through my words and my actions”
By Sarah Oyedo