Forever young British supermodel Naomi Campbell decided to shake up the runway this past Friday at Arise Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria, much to the Fashion Week attendees’ surprise and absolute glee. The iconic queen of the catwalk walked for Nigerian designers Tiffany Amber and Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, and South African design duo Malcolm & Christiaan of KLûK CGDT in an extravagant lilac fringed coat.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi
Naomi also met Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari and reportedly toured a luxury development with him as part of her promotional duties for Africa’s premier fashion showcase. While in Lagos, Naomi also invited our very own Trevor Stuurman to experience Arise Fashion Week – a fitting honour for the global African whose work has appeared in British Vogue.
Our stories are the ladders that make it easier for us to touch the stars. And when the stars are so close — all you can do is give thanks. Thank you to God for my gift of storytelling and sharing. It has gotten me this far. A special thank you @iamnaomicampbell for inviting me to Lagos. Easily the best gift I’ve ever received. So grateful. So Blessed.
Naomi’s love for Africa goes beyond the fashion realm, as she dedicated this heartfelt tweet to the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela upon the news of her passing yesterday evening. ‘You were a woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA,’ she said.
I cherish the times I spent with you, embracing me in your family & home. You were Woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA ♥🙏🏾🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/2R9fg1t6dx
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) April 2, 2018
Naomi’s Instagram feed over the last few days serves as evidence that her heart (or at least a large part of it) is indeed in Africa.