Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell gave evidence last week of “blood diamonds” in the Charles Taylor Sierra Leone war crimes trial at the Hague. She has been a fashion icon since the age of 16 and is a favorite of Nelson Mandela. My penchant would be Beyonce Knowles. These two women have done a huge service to the self image of black women across the world where skin colour prejudice remains an absurd fact. Naomi is interesting for having Chinese as well as African forebearers. She is being somewhat ridiculed in the Press – but most reasonable people see her as a fashion icon and not a moral totem or political preacher.