Naomi Campbell has been accused of insulting victims of gun crime by wearing a dress with a fake bullet hole during London Fashion Week.
One mother who lost her son to gun violence said she was disgusted with the way the supermodel ‘glamorised’ weapons with her controversial choice of dress.
Ms Campbell’s appearance in the apparently bloodstained frock came a month after she attended the 90th birthday party of billionaire handgun manufacturer Gaston Glock, where she posed for selfies with his 39-year-old wife, Kathrin.
Naomi Campbell (pictured in the controversial dress) has been accused of insulting victims of gun crime by wearing a dress with a fake bullet hole during London Fashion Week
The model was widely branded a hypocrite for attending the star-studded bash weeks after decrying the epidemic of mass shootings in the US – and her latest headline-grabbing outfit has only intensified the criticism.
Jack Crozier, whose sister was one of 16 children murdered in the 1996 Dunblane massacre, when she was just five, said: ‘This comes across as little more than tasteless self-promotion from Campbell, considering the hypocrisy of her stance on gun control.
‘Victims of gun violence don’t get to remove their scars in the way that she can remove her dress.’
Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns UK after her son was shot dead in London in 2002, said: ‘This is an insult to every single person whose child has been shot in the UK. I hate it when celebrities think it’s cool to glamorise gun crime – it’s disgusting.’
Kathrin Glock, 39, (left) posted this image on her Instagram of Naomi Campbell (right) at the birthday party for her husband Gaston Glock, the billionaire handgun manufacturer
And Gill Marshall-Andrews, head of the Gun Control Network, added: ‘It’s obvious that Naomi’s getting a bit old now and she wants the publicity.
‘Of course it’s deplorable and an insult to all those who have been affected by gun violence, but in a way I feel sorry for her.’
The 49-year-old model insisted the bullet-hole dress, which she wore at a glitzy event for her Fashion For Relief charity, was making a political statement.
The model was widely branded a hypocrite for attending the star-studded bash weeks after decrying the epidemic of mass shootings in the US. Pictured: a Glock handgun
Lucy Cope (pictured), who founded Mothers Against Guns UK after her son was shot dead in London in 2002, said: ‘This is an insult to every single person whose child has been shot in the UK. I hate it when celebrities think it’s cool to glamorise gun crime – it’s disgusting’
She said: ‘This dress is not about glamorising gun crime in any way. It’s an artistic statement.
‘I wanted to support young British designer Mowalola Ogunlesi, who’s doing such great work and is passionate about bringing such a serious issue to light through her designs.’
But Dr Anthony Gunter, a lecturer in criminology at the University of East London, poured scorn on that explanation.
‘In the rarefied world Naomi lives in, maybe this is making some political statement,’ said the academic, who wrote the book Guns And Gangs.
GLOCK: THE MURDERER’S FAVOURITE
Glock handguns are the world’s weapon of choice, favoured by police and criminals alike. They have been involved in countless notorious cases including:
- Fugitive drug dealer Dale Cregan, then 29, shot dead police officers Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in Manchester, with a Glock in September 2012.
Killer: Dale Cregan
- Glocks were in the arsenals of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016; Adam Lanza, who killed 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012; Seun-Hui Cho who killed 32 at Virginia Tech in 2007; and far-right terrorist Anders Breivik who killed 77 in Norway in 2011.
- In July 2016, David Ali Sonboly, 18, a far-right extremist, killed nine people in Munich with a Glock.
- Alexandre Bissonnette, 28, killed six worshippers at a mosque in Quebec in January 2017 with a Glock.
- Former US Marine Ian Long, 28, killed 12 people with a Glock at a Californian restaurant last November.
‘But in the world of the street, that’s a woman in a white dress who has been shot dead at a wedding. She’s just living in La-La Land if you ask me.’
Nigerian-born Ms Ogunlesi, one of the darlings of the London fashion scene, defended her design, which featured a fake bullet-hole on the abdomen, with the appearance of blood oozing out and staining the cream-coloured fabric.
She said: ‘I make clothes to challenge people’s minds. This dress is extremely emotional to me – it screams my lived experience as a black person.
‘It shows no matter how well dressed you are or well behaved, we are time after time seen as a walking target.’
Ms Campbell’s appearance at last weekend’s party, attended by James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, actress Naomie Harris, and model Stella Maxwell, came as London’s death toll from knife and gun crime this year stood at 109, with experts predicting the rate will surpass last year’s grim record of 132.
And in America, more than 10,700 people have been killed by guns so far in 2019.
In June, Ms Campell tweeted: ‘The statistics on gun crime in America are astounding.
‘Our communities and our children deserve to live in safe environments where they are unthreatened by preventable violence.’
However, that did not stop her celebrating with Mr Glock – whose company is responsible for about 65 per cent of US gun sales.
Hugh Grant, Joan Collins and John Travolta also attended the party, as The Mail on Sunday revealed last month.