Campbell pays tribute to Yves Saint Laurent

June 3rd, 2008 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 3 (IANS) British supermodel Naomi Campbell paid tribute the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent saying he helped black models make it big in the fashion world. Saint Laurent, who died Sunday from a brain tumour at his home in Paris, was the first to employ black models. He gave Campbell her first break in the early 90s. Campbell fought tears as she said how he “done so much for people of colour”, reports.

She said: “My first Vogue cover ever was because of this man. Because when I said to him ‘Yves, they won’t give me a French Vogue cover, they won’t put a black girl on the cover’ and he was like ‘I’ll take care of that’, and he did.

“He was the king of fashion. He created pret-a-porter, he was the first designer to put women of colour on the runway, he was extremely important in my career, giving me one of my first jobs.”

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