London, United Kingdom (AHN) – Naomi Campbell may not want anything to do with the “blood diamond” scandal, but because her name has already been associated with it, she may lose potential modeling contracts from the jewelry industry. According to the trade organization Diamond Information Center, no company wants to be associated with the scandal.
Sally Morrison, director of the organization, said that even if the 40-year-old model genuinely had no idea about the significance of the “dirty-looking pebbles” the men of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor purportedly gave her, her name is already linked to the gems.
Last week, Campbell told the court at the war crimes trial against Taylor that men she didn’t know handed her “dirty-looking” stones after a dinner in South Africa.
And while Campbell originally did not want to give testimony about the blood diamonds, Morrison said that it could damage her marketability to jewelry firms.
She told the Telegraph, “Whatever controversy Naomi Campbell has had allegedly throwing a cell phone at an assistant’s head or whatever have been ‘misdemeanors.'”
“The allegations around Charles Taylor involve such abuse of human rights, cruelty, violence and elicit war, it’s just another level, another magnitude.”
“It might not be her fault, she might not have done anything wrong, it might only be by association, but working with her would be a step backward for the industry that has worked so hard to address the issue of conflict diamonds.”
The supermodel previously became the face of Cypriot brand Metaxas and Graff Diamonds, jeweler David Yurman, and had wore a $50 million, 60-carat flawless Mondera Daimond from Swiss billionaire Robert Mouawad at the 2002 London Fashion Week.
Reports also suggest that Campbell could face charges for illegal uncut diamonds possession, though she claimed she later handed the stones to the head of Nelson Mandela’s charity.