Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs Design T-Shirts for World Aids Day


Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs are teaming up for an important cause. The legendary fashion icons designed a limited-edition T-shirt, which will raise funds for UNAIDS to support people around the world who are impacted by HIV. The shirt will go on sale on Dec. 1—World AIDS Day—and will retail for on and in stores.

The British supermodel first came up with the idea after attending a World AIDS Day event at the U.N. last year, and called Jacobs to see if he would be interested in collaborating.

“Marc being Marc—he’s an amazing, loyal friend for 31 years—said, ‘Absolutely, I want to do this,’” Campbell said.

This is the second time the designer and model have partnered to benefit a worthy cause. In 2008, Campbell posed nude for a T-shirt as part of Jacobs’ “Protect The Skin You’re In” campaign. Proceeds from the shirts went toward skin cancer research at the NYU Cancer Institute.

The ’90s super is also one of Jacobs’ oldest friends in the business. The two first met in 1986 during a fitting for the designer’s first show, when Campbell was only 16-years-old. She has become a fixture on his runways ever since (who could forget the designer’s 1992 grunge collection for Perry Ellis, in which Campbell wore Doc Martens?) As the pair have risen to the top of their professions, they have remained close. Last year, Jacobs threw a disco-themed party to celebrate the launch of Campbell’s self-titled book, which detailed intimate portraits of the model’s life and career.

Campbell’s philanthropic career began in 2005, when she founded two charities Fashion Relief, which raised money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and We Love Brazil, which was aimed at fighting poverty by supporting local artists. The runway legend has also said that one of her most treasured relationships was with Nelson Mandela, the late former president of South Africa who passed away in 2013.

“It’s not about being in the fashion world—I could be in any world,” she said, “It’s how I feel as a person, as myself, Naomi. That’s how I got to meet an iconic person like [former South African] President Nelson Mandela, who taught me and explained to me the importance of giving back and I had an understanding of it. I wasn’t quite sure when I started when I was 23 what I was doing, but I liked doing it and that’s how it began.”


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