EXCLUSIVE | In conversation with Naomi Campbell about Africa's potential as a global fashion power

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Naomi Campbell walks for Mmuso Maxwell at Arise Fashion Week 2020 (Image supplied by Pamberi Communications)
Naomi Campbell walks for Mmuso Maxwell at Arise Fashion Week 2020 (Image supplied by Pamberi Communications)

When you receive an email presenting - on a silver Zoom platter - the opportunity to interview British supermodel and fashion industry giant Naomi Campbell, you struggle to wrap your head around the fact you're about to interview an actual global icon, but professionalism reminds you to not get star-struck.

She, however, has previously stated that she doesn't consider herself to be an icon, but "feels blessed" to be lauded as such by various awards institutions.

And yes, our generation does indeed throw the word "icon" around gratuitously these days - the same way "literally" doesn't actually mean literally anymore, but Naomi Campbell is representative of someone who can be hailed an iconic figure and an inspiration for black women; not only in her field, but in the overall celebrity ranks of our time. 

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