22 September 2010

Last night in London, Dolce and Gabbana hosted a lavish party to celebrate Naomi Campbell’s quarter of a century at the top of the modelling tree. Congratulations Naomi! Surrounded by celebrity pals Claudia Schiffer, Daisy Lowe and Lily Allen, the super partied away attired in a chic LBD – although most of the other guests seemed to be wearing T-shirts with La Campbell’s face on. Looking back at Naomi's career, there are so many moments to choose from that Grazia Daily decided to quiz the iconic supermodel using the medium of the letters on her name. So here they are; the best stories of Naomi Campbell's life so far. Enjoy!

I did a shoot with photographer Solve Sundsbo last year for Vogue Russia.  It was an incredible shoot with pink wigs and lots of fun costumes.  However I had to pose with snakes which was really scary for me!  It was a good experience to do something different though.

Adventurous? I've been lucky enough to travel to so many beautiful and incredible places in my career.  I love being able to experience new cultures, try the cuisine, see the sites and meet new people.  It was another adventure altogether when I stepped out in the Vivienne Westwood shoes on the catwalk in '93! 

Outrageously OTT? I did a shoot for Absolut Vodka and Versace with Kate Moss many years ago - we shot it in below zero temperatures and had to both be photographed in giant bottles of Absolut outdoors. It was freezing! When the shoot was over and we wanted to get warm back at our hotels we were told we would be sleeping in an igloo - that was probably one of the most outrageous shoots I have ever experienced - but fun at the same time!

Magical? The Versace catwalk show we did in 91 was amazing.  Myself, Christy, Linda and Cindy are great friends and it was such a memorable and special time when we all walked down the catwalk together. We were working for the late Gianni Versace who was also a special friend and inspiration and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest designers in the world. Also taking 78 people to South Africa to share and meet the most amazing man, Nelson Mandela, in 98.  This is something that I know everyone who came will always remember for the rest of their lives.  (Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, Erin O'Connor, Santos Versace, Marcus Shahekburg, Alek Wek, Tom Munroe).

Important? I started Fashion For Relief in in 2005 which was a very important moment for me. Since the first show in aid of Hurricane Katrina, we've held events in Tanzania, Mumbai, New York and London - all to raise money for charity. Most recently - Fashion For Relief has collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to create these exclusive tee shirts to help the victims of the Pakistan floods.  Their support along with that of the 14 amazing photographers has been inspirational and it's so important to see so many people in the fashion industry coming together to support this.


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