I visited the Vogue Festival for the first time on Sunday. I’m not a Vogue reader but I HAD to get tickets because Naomi Campbell was one of the speakers this year. To my surprise, the entire festival programme looked impressive.
The festival’s final talk festival featured supermodel Naomi Campbell and Vogue Italia’s Editor-in-Chief, Franca Sozzani. Alexandra Shulman interviewed them and the talk was titled ‘Fashion Legends’. The two discussed how they built their careers, the issue of diversity in fashion and why Africa could be the future of luxury.
It was magical when Naomi stepped onto the stage. I tingled with excitement and lost concentration for two minutes or so as I was so busy staring in awe at her perfect endless legs and flawless weave.
Franca and Naomi are both funny, passionate and intelligent. They’re also committed to making positive changes in an industry they’ve been part of for so long. Franca also talked about what inspired Vogue Italia’s famous Black Issue, and the level of praise it received.
Naomi believes that things are changing in regards to racial diversity in fashion. She told Alexandra Shulman, “When we started this whole thing about diversity, it wasn’t just about the fashion shows… It was that the designers would then follow through and use models of colour in the campaigns, which is what we’ve all wanted to see.” She flicked through the ads in a copy of British Vogue and smiled as she pointed out the models of colour inside the pages.
Naomi revealed her upcoming projects, which includes designing a clothing line. Two coffee table books are also in the works. She will continue working on TV series The Face where she is executive producer and mentor, as well her philanthropy work in Africa.
Naomi Campbell admitted that, to this day, she still gets nervous when working on photo shoots and catwalk shows. Surprising, considering she is one of the world’s most successful supermodels and everything she does seems so effortlessly cool. She cares deeply about using her success and accomplishments to help provide opportunities to others, which I find remarkable.
Speaking of her phenomenal success, she said, “In order to stand the test of time you have to be someone who can change and reinvent yourself. And you must have a personality! But most importantly, you have to love what you do in an authentic way.”
I was a big Naomi Campbell fan before my visit to the Vogue festival. Now I’m in awe of her generosity, charisma and overall fabulousness and love her 1000 times more. She’s a brilliant inspiration to women everywhere and thank goodness there are women like her in the industry.
All Hail Queen Naomi.