(15 Dec 2020) NAOMI CAMPBELL TALKS AFRICAN DESIGNERS, ‘THE SUPERMODELS’ DOCUSERIES
Naomi Campbell has praised the work of young African fashion designers who featured at this year’s Arise Fashion Week, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Campbell was in town for the event, which concluded Saturday (12 DECEMBER 2020), to lend her support and bring awareness to designers often overlooked by European and American fashion shows.
The British supermodel also said that many had been hit hard by the pandemic and have “had to close down.”
“This is why it’s also important that Arise is doing 30 under 30 with the new young rising stars because it’s also supporting them,” she said.
“All 30 have already received support for their brand. And so it’s important that we help those because it’s a struggling time for everyone. But these are our future so we have to.”
In her interview with The Associated Press, Campbell also discussed upcoming Apple TV+ docuseries, “The Supermodels,” which explores how she and fellow models Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington rose to fame in the late 1980s.
The four women co-produced the series, along with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
“It’s about our lives. It’s about Cindy’s life, my life, Christy’s life, Linda’s life, basically how we came together, how we worked together, how we remain friends of all these years and what we’ve been through and the experience of being in the business,” said Campbell, who stressed it was important that the models were able to tell their own stories “the right way.”
“People trying to tell our story for us and people offering us to tell our story and paying us off and then giving us nothing to do with our lives – that doesn’t happen anymore,” she said.
The series will show how Campbell and the other so-called supermodels transcended the brands they modelled for to become superstars in their own right with immense cultural capital.
It will also feature exclusive portraits of the women, taking an intimate look at their ongoing friendships and the highs and lows of global fame.
“I’m looking forward to this journey, and I hope people will understand a lot more about me and Linda and Cindy and Christy, because I think they just think ‘famous, famous, famous,” said Campbell.
“It’s not what it is. It’s a lot of hard work.”
A release date for the series has yet to be announced.
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