Supermodel Naomi Campbell plans charity runway show to raise Ebola awareness

Supermodel Naomi Campbell will launch a benefit fashion show in February to help raise funds to fight Ebola.

Campbell, the world-famous supermodel, told Page Six in New York this week that she was becoming increasingly concerned about the disease.

“I’m scared,” admitted Campbell of the spread of the disease, adding she has a home in Kenya and already works with three orphanages there.

Campbell, 44, said wants to stage one star-studded show during New York Fashion Week in February and another to follow in London, reported New York Post.

She added she wants the charity fashion shows to help victims and educate the public because she feels people do not have a clear idea about what Ebola is. Currently the disease is being monitored around the world by health organizations and the hardest hit countries are being labelled as disaster zones.

 

Her plans for her charitable catwalk is not the first time that Naomi has called upon the fashion industry to help raise money for charity, with Fashion for Relief having been successfully established back in 2005.

The first show raised money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and she has since used the project to raise funds following the India terrorist attacks in 2009, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and the most recent being the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

To date Fashion for Relief has raised an estimate £4.5million for charity (about $8.2 million Canadian) and has called upon celebrities and designers to help with the causes including participants like Kate Moss, Agyness Deyn, Rosario Dawson, Karolina Kurkova, Jane Fonda, Geri Halliwell and Dame Shirley Bassey, and supporters Diane von Furstenberg, Kelly Osbourne and Dasha Zhukova.

Naomi has been more political as she grows older, speaking out about the lack of diversity in fashion and calling some runways shows flat our racist. She recently made an error on Twitter when she tried to congratulate Malala Yousafzai on her Nobel Peace Prize, but blamed her auto-correct when her tweet posted a congratulations to Malaria (a deadly disease).

 Photos : Top Image – Indiewire.com / 2nd image – FashionForRelief.com
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