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Naomi Campbell is being (officially) recognised as the fashion icon she is

The supermodel will receive the CFDA‘s ‘Fashion Icon‘ award at a ceremony in June

The word ‘iconic’ is thrown around a lot these days (guilty as charged), but when it comes to Naomi Campbell, the sentiment rings loud and true. And now, it would seem that the CFDA agrees, as it was announced yesterday that the model will receive the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards ceremony in June.

Campbell was scouted in London’s Covent Garden in 1985 and made her modelling debut as part of Yves Saint Laurent’s SS88 show, before going on to become one of the founding supermodels alongside Cindy, Linda, Helena et al. Having appeared on countless magazine covers and catwalks around the world, more recently Campbell accompanied longtime friend Kim Jones (and BFF Kate Moss) on his final lap around the runway at Louis Vuitton, closed Off-White's SS18 show, and was seen in a series of images alongside rumoured boyfriend Skepta that were basically too hot to handle.   

Following in the footsteps of Moss, Rihanna, David BowieBeyoncé, and last year's winner Franca Sozzani, Campbell will collect her award on June 4, and as far as we’re concerned it’s been a long time coming. As CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg put it, the model has gone from “enfant prodige to goddess of fashion: Naomi represents beauty, activism, and joie de vivre.”

Elsewhere, Campbell herself said “It is truly an honour to be recognised by the CFDA with this year’s Fashion Icon Award,” in a statement released yesterday. “Being from London, my personal style has always been tremendously influenced by both the dynamic, ever-changing nature of street culture and the music scene. I grew up in this industry and I’m forever grateful to the iconic American fashion designers who have supported me and celebrated me throughout my career.”

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