Ever since being advised by close friend and confidant Nelson Mandela to “use yourself to help other people”, Naomi Campbell has set about using her profile to raise millions for humanitarian causes and natural disasters. This year marks 12 years since the supermodel founded Fashion for Relief, and last Sunday Cannes once again played host to the charity’s annual fundraiser.
Held during the Cannes Film Festival, in a hanger at the city’s Mandelieu Airport, this year’s event was in aid of Save the Children. “A disaster can strike at any time anywhere in the world, and often when it does, children are the worst affected," said Campbell.
Guests including Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman, Donatella Versace and Dsquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten enjoyed a runway show and gala dinner, before taking part in a silent auction that featured items donated by artists, designers, celebrities and brands.
Joining Naomi Campbell on the catwalk, dressed in items gifted by some of fashion’s most high profile houses, were models of the moment Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, as well as some of the industry’s most famous faces including Natasha Poly and Kate Moss. They shared the spotlight with model wannabes Antonio Banderas, Mary J. Blige, Faye Dunaway and Gwendoline Christie.
The proceeds of this year’s event will enable Save the Children to provide life-saving food, shelter and medical treatment to children around the world, including those who have been affected by the conflict in Syria.