All we can say is: finally. Naomi Campbell, one of the original supermodels whose career started after being scouted in 1986, is receiving CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award. The award has previously been given to the likes of Rihanna, David Bowie, Beyoncé, Kate Moss and more, and now, finally, Campbell will receive her honor.
Campbell, 47, has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, in addition to being the first black model on the cover of Time and French Vogue. She also cameoed in George Michael’s 1990 “Freedom” music video with the other members of the supermodel brat pack: Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford.
There are many accolades that could be assigned to Campbell. She was Azzedine Alaïa’s longtime muse and appeared frequently on the runways of Victoria’s Secret, Chanel, Versace, and more. As Diane von Furstenberg, CFDA chairwoman, said, “From enfant prodige to goddess of fashion, Naomi represents beauty, activism, and joie de vivre.”
Campbell spoke about receiving the award:
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon Award,” she said. “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.”
And to think it all started with an appearance at the age of seven in Bob Marley’s 1978 “Is This Love” music video. Earlier in March, Campbell chatted with grime artist (and friend) Skepta for GQ about feminism and the #MeToo movement, as well as being black icons. When talking about recent events like Black Panther and the all-black 2018 Pirelli calendar, Campbell said,
I didn’t work all these years to go backwards. I’ve seen so many people sacrifice their lives: Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela… Now, more than ever, when I do a job, I don’t care about fame. I think, “What does it do for my people?” We’ve had to make these statements to remind you when you’re not being diverse. But when you choose, you should make your decision with diversity and balance.
Spoken like a true icon.