“I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Haiti. So many have been killed and severely affected by the earthquake – women and children in particular are most vulnerable in disasters. Fashion is universal, personal and touches everyone. Our aim is to use this season’s catwalk shows in New York to reach people and help raise crucial funds to help save the lives of women and children.” Naomi Campbell
We were all touched by the mass destruction that occurred in Haiti. Well, one model –put the “SUPER” on her chest and decided to do something about it. Naomi Campbell pulled together a spectacular charity fashion show on Feb 12th in NY during fashion week. The NY star-studded runway show was standing room only, all there to benefit the relief efforts of CARE, who is helping to rebuild Haiti’s healthcare system especially for Haiti’s women and children.
Hosted by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (the original Fergie) and several VIP celebrities including: Christy Turlington, Kelly Osborne, Estelle, Donna Karen, Agyness Deyn (who took a fall in her Burberry heels, twice – a very Carrie in sex and the city moment. Like Carrie, she received a round of applause when she kicked them off and strutted down the runway), Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks, Daphne Guinness, Chris Brown and others. In the audience, a mix of celebrities, designers, ‘regular people’ and more press than I’ve seen at any other show. This was truly the hottest ticket of the season. It was an amazing hour long show with great music, great fashion and beautiful people.
For me, this was a very personal event. In 1990, I visited this beautiful and misunderstood country with my friend Fritz Alfred. He ‘brought me home’ to visit his country and I fell in love with the beauty of the people, the food, and the magic of the culture. My heart breaks to see what has happened, but is lifted at their future possibilities. So here’s to Naomi Campbell and everyone who has donated and will continue to donate to the various organizations that are providing help to Haiti. This show proved that we really aren’t that different and together we can make anything happen.
Please do what you can and donate to CARE via a dedicated Fashion For Relief link at www.CARE.org/FashionForRelief