Naomi Campbell on diversity in fashion

Posted on 26 June 2019
By Chiara Costa
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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has spoken of her delight at being named the British Fashion Council’s Icon of 2019.

Celebrating her outstanding contributions to the fashion industry, the award recognises Campbell’s 30-year career achievements, her female empowerment efforts and philanthropy.

She will receive the BFC Fashion Icon award on Monday 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Throughout her career, Campbell who is British-born of Jamaican and Chinese ancestry, has been outspoken against the racial bias that exists in the fashion industry.

Speaking about the accolade on BBC 2, Campbell said images of models representing diversity should not be seen as an aim in itself, but should be natural.

She said: “It’s amazing to see this diversity that’s happening on the runways and in magazine covers.

“To see more than one woman of colour or diversity on a magazine cover at a time is a big deal – but it really shouldn’t be.

“It’s not a trend and people shouldn’t feel that if they don’t use diversity then they’re not doing what’s right.”

The Fashion Icon award is one of the BFC’s Special Recognition awards that celebrate outstanding contributions to the fashion industry.

“We cannot think of a more deserving recipient than iconic Londoner Naomi Campbell, she has achieved exceptional work in the industry,” said BFC chief executive Caroline Rush.

“This is a very emotional award to me to receive [as] although I spend so much of my life in different parts of the world, I think people sometimes forget that I’m from Brixton: I’m a south London girl,” Campbell said at a press conference announcing the award.

On her Instagram, she said: “I am so thrilled and honoured to be receiving the Fashion Icon Award on December 2nd at The Fashion Awards 2019 in London.”

“Thank you to every single person who has been a part of my journey since day one. And to the @britishfashioncouncil, thank you for this honour. I can’t wait to see you again in December, London” .