Naomi Campbell on catwalk for Mumbai victims

Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:28am EDT
 
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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) - British supermodel Naomi Campbell walked down the ramp in Mumbai on Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of last November's Mumbai attacks.

Along with a host of Indian celebrities, the 39-year-old Campbell helped raise funds for the city's emergency medical services in a charity show called "Mai Mumbai."

Campbell heads a charity called "Fashion for Relief."

Islamist gunmen went on a three-day rampage on some of the most famous landmarks in Mumbai, the financial and entertainment capital of India, killing 166 people.

After the show, Campbell, dressed in a red saree and traditional Indian jewelry, told Reuters why she loves coming to India but won't act in Bollywood again, and how the global economic slowdown has affected her charity work.

Q. Could you begin by talking about how the concept of Mai Mumbai came about? A. "I am a model with IMG (International Management Group) in America and Europe and they were telling me they wanted to do something for the bombings that happened at the Taj (hotel) and the Oberoi (hotel) and they asked me, what would you like to do, and I said I would like to contribute Fashion for Relief, and it just started from there.

Q. You are known for your charity work, in places like South Africa.

A. "That's where I am headed next. I have to do an orphanage in Cape Town and see Mr (Nelson) Mandela."   Continued...

 
<p>Supermodel Naomi Campbell takes part in the Mai Mumbai fashion show during the second day of Lakme fashion week in Mumbai March 28, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe</p>