Celebrities came out in droves to support Naomi Campbell for her Fashion for Relief charity fashion show, which raised money for ebola survivors.
According to the Latin Post, several celebrities including Rosario Dawson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Mary J. Blige, served as models for the show, which was held on Valentine’s Day at the Lincoln Center in New York as a part of the city’s Fashion Week. Other models included Tyson Beckford, Kelly Osbourne, Nene Leakes, and Paris Hilton. Fashion for the runway came from designers Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli and others. At the fashion finale, all the models wore white T-shirts imprinted with a “O,” as in “no more cases of Ebola,” to drive home the event’s message of support to those who have struggled with the disease.
Other celebs in attendance were Justin Bieber, Christina Milian, Estelle, Russell Simmons, Zac Posen, Vivica A. Fox and Frankie Grande were among the celebrities seated front and center.
After the show, Naomi said, “Fashion for relief only happens because everyone comes together as a unit and as one. This doesn’t work because this is just an idea of mine. This only works because we all come together in a collaboration – Zac giving the clothes, everyone donating their time, the off-site auction items and private donations. That’s how it works.”
All of the proceeds from the show went to the Ebola Survival Fund, which helps survivors of the disease in Liberia and Sierra Leone to get back on their feet.
”I’m glad someone’s paying attention. She’s got a lot of love for Africa. I think that’s really sweet. It’s beautiful. You never expect somebody who seems so vain to be so sweet,” Michelle said of Naomi’s efforts.
Naomi first founded the Fashion For Relief organization in 2005 as a way of fundraising for disaster relief using fashion shows and auctions. Her first show raised money for the Hurricane Katrina victims. Since then, the organization has raised funds for the India terrorist attacks of 2009, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
I commend Naomi and her team for their creative efforts towards helping others throughout the world through fashion. The biggest week in fashion in the States is definitely a perfect time to create awareness!
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