naomi-campbell.jpgNaomi Campbell to be new Yves Saint-Laurent muse
British supermodel Naomi Campbell, sentenced to community service in London on Friday for assaulting police at Heathrow airport, is to be the new face of Yves Saint Laurent. In a statement issued shortly before the sentencing, the French fashion house said Campbell, 38, would front its autumn-winter 2008-2009 advertising campaign. Photos for the campaign, headed by YSL designer Stefano Pilati, were taken in March this year, the fashion house said. YSL’s decision to contract the model comes as Italian Vogue takes a stand against racial discrimination in the fashion world by releasing a July issue using only black models. Once highly-paid black supermodels such as Campbell, Iman, Alek Wek and Mounia have all but disappeared from the catwalks, as models from eastern Europe increasingly bag the big contracts. (Continue Reading…)

Africa: Women Leaders Ask Where is Our Money
Even though seven out of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) impact on women, both donors and governments receiving aid overlook the need to make resources available for gender empowerment. At the 8th Civicus World Assembly, which concluded in the Scottish capital on Saturday, civil society leaders asked serious questions about the lack of gender budgeting. The annual Civicus meeting brings together a global network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and foundations whose aim is to strengthen civil society. (Continue Reading…)

Barack Obama inspires Milan men’s runway styles
The latest “first” for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway. Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,” Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.” Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said. (Continue Reading…)

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