Naomi Campbell Holds Fundraiser To Help Syrian Refugees
Naomi Campbell is one of the biggest supermodels in the world she has mostly been known for her bad attitude and her catwalks. What you may not have known is she has been a philanthropist since the age of 22. She recently spoke with Business of Fashion to discuss “Fashion for Relief,” a charity she founded in 2005 to help people who had been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, she’s continued her charity efforts to assist many people in need across the world.
“It isn’t for press or public observation,” Campbell told Business of Fashion about her charity event. “It’s something I’ve been doing privately for decades.”
This year’s event is for Save The Children’s “Every Last Child” campaign; Campbell was inspired to help this campaign when she took a trip to Jordan. She traveled to Jordan to visit refugee camps for Syrians earlier this year. While there she heard the stories of mothers and children and was inspired to share their struggles and support them.
Many of the charities held over the years by “Fashion for Relief” have been to raise awareness about women’s health issues. It also has a growing focus on the millions of children who live in or have escaped from war-torn or environmentally damaged areas. When asked by, Business of Fashion, why she chooses these places to support she insists that she doesn't know why.
“I was raised by a single parent. Maybe there’s an abandonment issue on some level I don’t know about.”
The event was held Sunday night at the Mandelieu Hangar in Cannes.