: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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Audrey's Whirl: Naomi Campbell Walks For Mumbai Victims


By Audrey J. Bernard
Fashion/Lifestyles/Society Editor

Queen of the Runway Naomi Campbell and Hotelier Vikram Chatwal joined forces to host “Mai Mumbai,” a Fashion For Relief benefit on Saturday, March 28, 2009 during Lakme Fashion Week. The spectacular show raised funds and awareness for Citizens For Justice and Peace, an organization aiding the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The supermodel joined top international and national faces of fashion, Bollywood stars, athletes and prominent social and business leaders to raise awareness and funds for the victims of last November’s attacks.

Nobody blazes a runway like La Campbell. As an eerie silence fell over the room, the exotic beauty kicked things up to maximum gear with her broad and sunny signature smile and ripped the runway to deafening applause wearing a stunning churidaar kurta design. Campbellicious!

Fashion for Relief’s “Mai Mumbai” featured clothes donated by prominent designers from India and around the world including Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Anna Sui, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Zac Posen, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Isaac Mizrahi, Nanette Lepore, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Dennis Basso, Valentino Yudashkin, Naeem Khan, Ungaro and Matthew Williamson with shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee of Sabyasachi designed a special T-shirt to commemorate the event that was modeled by Campbell at the close of the fascinating fashion show. And it was Mukherjee’s six-yard-long apparel that was draped on Campbell’s lissome body that caused faint heartbeats.

The world-renowned model created Fashion for Relief in 2005 to galvanize the fashion community to raise funds in times and places of need. Campbell, who organized the show in association with IMG Fashion, walked the runway for this first-ever benefit fashion show in Mumbai.

“I wanted to do something to help. In fashion, everyone thinks that we never do enough,” stated Campbell. “Many lives have been lost, many families have been hurt (in the terror attacks). They are picking up the pieces and we just want them to know that we are thinking about them and haven’t forgotten them.” (Photo Credit: Sanjay Sawant & Dominic Xavier)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.

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