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On Friday, Naomi Campbell, after more than four decades in the arts, earned an honorary PhD from the University of the Creative Arts in London for her work in fashion.
Even if he wears a hat on the special day, Dr. Campbell has worn many hats since arriving on the world stage. She became a supermodel, actor, activist, singer and entrepreneur and most recently, a mother.
Dr. Naomi Campbell is a cover model like no other
With her natural hair blown out while hugging her baby on Vogue’s cover, Campbell fearlessly promotes Black motherhood and lives up to what she says. Drawn from his own experiences in the fashion world, Campbell was vocal during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. In an interview with Reuters that year, he expressed hope that the “change” would, eventually, come as brands make promises to be more recognizable and give value to Black life. This includes hiring more Black talent “as designers, stylists and make-up artists,” as well as editorial and executive roles.
Naomi Campbell advocates for black models, even if she wants to be able to do it faster.
Dr. Campbell models campaigns for labels such as Versace, Givenchy and Calvin Klein. The “Empire” actor also walks runway shows for brands such as Alaïa, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. Even though he has been rolling with heavy fashion hits for many years, he has not let the bright lights separate him from the realities of racism and discrimination.
“When I was a kid, I came across this issue. I was backstage at shows and there were stylists who had no experience working with black models, ”she told Teen Vogue in an interview in 2016.“ It’s disappointing to hear that color models are still met. on the same issues many years later. “
Campbell uses his platforms for good
Dr. Campbell recently spoke to the BBC, adding: “I always speak because it’s my experience and I’m allowed to talk about my experience and what I’ve been through, and how I feel, and how I’m dealing with it. , it is reasonable, whether I accept it or not. And I have not accepted it before and I do not accept it now. ”
He continued, “And they’re always trying to cover me up, honestly, in a lot of different ways. [They said I was] lisod. Okay ra. But people who know me, know that’s not who I am. ”
At the inauguration ceremony, he said, “Don’t let anyone change how you feel, change the course of what you are and your vision and what you want for yourself.”
Campbell also noticed how she was raised by a group of “very strong women,” including her mom, sisters and grandmother, as well as the “three Ds” for success: dedication, determination and driving.