Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Naomi's Diamond, Anna's Fur and Fashion's "Murky" Ethics

Naomi Campbell. Due to testify on "blood diamond" against Charles Taylor at The Hague

Naomi Campbell has refused to talk to prosecutors, citing fears for her family's safety, which prompted prosecutors to get a court subpoena for her testimony, says reports from French wire service AFP. Campbell is due to take the witness stand this Thursday in The Hague’s case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Prosecutors and other witnesses say Campbell had accepted a “blood diamond” from Charles Taylor, who stands accused of war crimes amongst other charges. The supermodel denies accepting this gift and I am hardly interested in whether or not Charles Taylor had “blood diamonds”, I’m more interested in the ethical aspect of Naomi’s presumed acceptance of the diamond.

Does fashion sometimes lose sight of ethics in its search for beauty? Animal Rights and Human Rights Activists would probably agree with this and Naomi- if she is in possession of the blood diamond- as well as Vogue editor Anna Wintour (with her fur) would be the number one perpetrators!

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour made fur a fashion must-have

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