Leading fashion icon Naomi Campbell launched her latest initiative, Emerge, at Katara – the Cultural Village with the Emerge Art & Fashion Exhibit, in collaboration with Qatar Creates on Monday. The British supermodel, known for her charitable efforts, hosted a star-studded exhibit aimed at raising awareness and helping give the next generation of creative talents from emerging regions a platform of support and a wider audience for their work. The “Emerge” initiative seeks to find alternative educational routes for young creative and business talents from Africa, the Diaspora and developing communities around the world. As a showcase of two offerings, guests were taken through a creative journey of both art and fashion. Naomi Campbell at the launch of her new initiative Emerge. PICTURE: Dave Benett The Emerge Artists Exhibit brought together 27 contemporary creators such as Kehinde Wiley, Delphine Diallo, Patrick Alston, Vania Leles, Victor Ehikhamenor and Larry Ossei-Mensah, alongside seven recognised and rewarded fashion designers: Thebe Magugu, Abdel El Tayeb, Bianca Saunders, Artsi Ifrach, Lamine Badian Kouyaté, Nikki Nkwo Onwuka and Kenneth Ize. At the inauguration, Campbell was joined by some of the most notable names in the fashion and creative industries: model Chanel Ayan, *Vogue Arabia and *Vogue Man editor-in-chief Manuel Arnuat, British fashion designer Ozwald Botang, *Vogue Thailand contributing editor Nichapat Suphap, and luxury real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid, amongst other guests. The Emerge Artists Exhibit brought together 27 contemporary creators, alongside seven top fashion designers. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam They all savoured the culinary delicacies of global private chef Vanessa Cole, who collaborated with food artist and celebrity chef Tom Wolfe to serve up an elevated experience of hor d’oeuvres with West African influence. The Emerge Art & Fashion Exhibit stands as part of Qatar Creates schedule of high-profile events leading up to and following the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. One of the artworks on display at The Emerge Art & Fashion Exhibit, Katara – the Cultural Village building 1. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam The exhibition leads way to the Emerge Charity Auction in partnership with Sotheby’s on Friday. The auction will see the curated art pieces being auctioned as part of the initiative to raise funds for educational and creative institutions around the world. The Fashion Exhibit will be on display to the public at Katara until the end of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.