Naomi Campbell To Receive 2018 CDFA Fashion Icon Award
Naomi Campbell is just a few years shy of fifty and has a resume that most models can only hope to achieve fraction of over the course of their careers. She’s starred as the leading lady opposite musical superstars such as George Michael, Madonna and Michael Jackson with her 5’10” cocoa-kissed frame setting the standard for iconic beauty. She’s walked the runway for leading fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Zac Posen among many others. She has a reputation for having a hot temper and even hotter magazine covers such as ELLE, Vogue, Glamour, British GQ (which she recently shared with fellow British bae, rapper Skepta), you name it. At this point in her career, there isn’t much Campbell hasn’t slayed and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) is recognizing Campbell for the legendary mark she’s made on the industry. The organization is honoring Campbell as the 2018 recipient of the Fashion Icon Award.
Vogue reports Campbell will be in the company of other famous figures such as Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and David Bowie to name a few. It almost makes you wonder why the recognition to Campbell’s remarkable resume is so long overdue. She recently shared a few thoughts on the roots of her influence:
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon Award.“
“Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers who have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”
Campbell has made history as the first black model on the September cover of Vogue and the first black woman ever on Vogue Paris. In addition to ripping runways all over the globe, Campbell is also an actress, author, and activist.
Designer Diana Von Furstenberg, who is also CDFA chairwoman made a statement on Campbell’s ability to remain a leader in the industry for over 30 years:
“From enfant prodige to goddess of fashion, Naomi represents beauty, activism, and joie de vivre.”
Campbell will receive her award on June 4 at the ceremony which will take place at The Brooklyn Museum and will be hosted by “Insecure” creator Issa Rae. In addition, British Vogue’s first Black editor-in-chief Edward Enninful will be honored, and Black designers Virgil Abloh, Kerby Jean-Raymond and Aurora James are all nominated for awards.