Superstar runway model Naomi Campbell recently rallied the fashion world with a charity fashion show for Haitian relief efforts, her latest effort to support disaster relief.
The event was held on February 12 during New York Fashion Week and drew top models, designers and fashion critics including model Christy Turlington, the Duchess of York. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and designer Marc Jacobs provided clothes and accessories.
In a statement posted on her personal Web site, Campbell described the mission of the Fashion for Relief foundation and how it will assist Haitians living in peril after February’s devastating earthquake.
“Funds raised at Fashion For Relief NY and London will go towards making sure mothers and babies are at the heart of…Haiti’s new health system, and to ensuring that this essential work continues in other countries where women are at risk of dying when they give birth,” she wrote.
According to businessweek.com, many of the items featured in Campbell’s fashion show will go on sale at net-a-porter.com, with proceeds going to the CARE humanitarian organization.
Campbell more recently made the news in a less positive way on March 2, when her driver accused her of attacking him with her cell phone while on the way to a movie shoot. The driver claimed that when he called the police, Campbell exited the vehicle and ran. However, the driver quickly withdrew his accusation calling it a “misunderstanding.”
Campbell was arrested in 2006 for allegedly assaulting her housekeeper. She pled guilty and was sentenced to five days community service.
Despite her off-stage tiffs with the media and run-ins with the law, Campbell has been an outspoken voice for charitable causes during some of the world’s catastrophic natural disasters. The model organized the first relief fashion show at New York Fashion Week after Hurricane Katrina struck the nation’s southeast corridor and later took her fundraising shows to Mumbai, India and Tanzania, according to businessweek.com.
For more information about Fashion for Relief, visit www.naomicampbell.com.