Fag Hag of the Month: March

Photo: V Magazine / Mario Sorenti

From supermodel to superwoman; Naomi Campbell is HBAFH poster girl this month for a whole heady cocktail of reasons. Foremost, because of the runaway success of her runway project “Fashion For Relief”. Campbell first launched FFR for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, but since being made Global Ambassador to the White Ribbon Alliance, she has dedicated all proceeds to the charity since her 2008 show. The WRA aims to fill the yawning gap in maternity healthcare funding between the world’s rich and poor, though this year there was a heart-wrenching twist; nearly quarter of a million women have or are about to give birth in Haiti since the quake ravaged the island. Naomi pulled together support of designer friends for clothes and sleb mates to model ’em, staged the show both in NYC and London-town selling tickets for £100-150 a pop, proving that fashion and glamour is anything but heartless. Stars taking turns to take turns centre-stage was cosmic; at  the New York leg there was Kelly Osbourne, Estelle, Agyness Deyn, Helena Chritiansen, while in London, London, Alice Dellal, Geri Halliwell, David Walliams, Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor, Nicola Roberts, Freddie Flintoff and – wait for it – Robbie Corbett. She also pulled in the support of Dame Viv to design a tee shirt, which of course sold out in hours, and back in September, got Marc Jacobs to design a bag to be sold for the WRA. It’s so inspiring to see highly privileged individuals like Campbell taking a stand for the disadvantaged, for the poor and for women. The fact that she’s doing this after a past of tears, tantrums and, ahem, community service (to which she arrived in Louboutins if you remember, proving fierce is in her DNA) just goes to show we can all make mistakes and move on. That’s what I call role model. But then, Naomi has always broken the rules on what it is to be idealised; she’s black (not as controversial as it was when she started), she’s not size zero (which was normal when she started but isn’t any more) and she turns 40 this year, meaning her doing what she does best, hanging ut being beautiful, is vital for allowing for a diverse ideal of womanhood to multiply.

Find out about the White Ribbon Alliance. Watch the London and New York Fashion For Relief catwalk shows. Donate.



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2 responses to “Fag Hag of the Month: March

  1. Did you see she bitchslapped a taxi driver yesterday? HIlarious


  2. handbagsandfaghags

    yes!!! as a disclaimer, i didn’t see she had til after i had posted this! but perez hilton told me all about it. bad pussycat! seems some leopards cannae change their spots… SIGH

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