The Fashion Awards 2019 will be honouring the career and contributions of supermodel Naomi Campbell with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award.
Campbell has not only become a household name as a supermodel, but her work to support charities and causes has been invaluable in changing the way the industry combats difficult issues and has inspired countless other brands and individuals to pledge their support for worthwhile causes too.
Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive commented:
“We cannot think of a more deserving recipient than iconic Londoner Naomi Campbell, she has achieved exceptional work in the industry. Naomi represents female empowerment, activism and glamour and her voice is used for great impact. We are thrilled to present The Fashion Icon Award to Naomi and acknowledge her for her remarkable contribution to the global fashion industry and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December”
Campbell was discovered after school at an early age and was the first black model to cover French Vogue in 1988, the first black model to be on the cover of American Vogue’s September issue in 1989, the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.
Over the span of her career, now over 30 years, she has graced the covers of over 500 magazines and has been the face of some huge brand campaigns including Burberry, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Valentino and Versace.
Outside of her modelling career, Campbell has also been commended for her charity work, being named “Honorary Granddaughter” by Nelson Mandela for her endless activism. Naomi also made a passionate and emotional speech at Winnie Mandela’s funeral, calling her “a woman of strength who endured much hardship and sacrifice”. In 2013, Naomi Campbell launched the Campaign “Diversity Coalition” with the aim to address racism in the fashion industry. Campbell has most notably founded the Fashion for Relief charity which prides itself on using the power of fashion for worthwhile causes.
This September, Fashion for Relief will be gracing the runway at London Fashion Week to help raise awareness and funds to support people affected by natural disasters across the globe. Since it’s inception in 2005, the charity has supported people affected by the flood that hit the UK in the summer of 2007, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina and many more, just another reason why Campbell is such a deserving winner of this notable award.
The Fashion Icon Award is one of the Special Recognition Awards that celebrate outstanding contributions to the fashion industry at The Fashion Awards. The Fashion Awards is the main fundraise for the BFC’s charitable and talent support work. In 2018, the BFC raised over £2.3 million for its charities and business support initiatives out of which £1.1 million will be allocated directly to scholars and designer businesses with the remaining monies building an endowment to secure support for future generations. Previous awards received by Naomi Campbell include the Glamour Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2006, a Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2010, the Glamour Award for TV Personality in 2014 and most recently the Fashion Icon award at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.
We hope that when Campbell walks up to receive her award, that she graces us with ‘the Naomi Campbell walk’ – oh we forgot to mention that being referenced in a Beyonce song is basically an award in itself…. although we know this award is even more notable, so well done Naomi!