Naomi Campbell has backed the Daily Mirror’s anti-knife campaign and called for aid for communities devastated by brutal attacks.
The supermodel, 48, said too many young lives have been ruined by knife crime in the UK.
“We cannot stand by and watch lives be lost,” she said.
“I hope we can find a solution to tackle the issue at the heart of it, and offer more support to our communities in need.”
She said of the knife epidemic: “We have to clamp down on them.”
The Daily Mirror’s campaign to end the knife crime epidemic has five key demands: more police with greater powers; reverse the cuts to youth services; boost awareness of knife crime in schools; tackle the problems behind the epidemic; and appoint a dedicated knife crime tsar.
Naomi gave an uplifting speech at this week’s WE Day event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, North West London, telling the young crowd there to have self-belief.
She said: “I come from South London, a modest background.
“My mother Valerie has been my huge support, believing in me and supporting me since I was three.
“She always listened to me and always would say, ‘You do what you want to do’.”
Naomi was born in Streatham, South London but moved to Italy with her mum until she was three.
She enrolled in stage school while living in South London with her grandmother, Ruby, while Valerie moved to Switzerland. Naomi was spotted by a modelling talent scout at the age of 15.
Meanwhile, pop singer Conor Maynard also said he “100%” supports the Mirror’s campaign and called for laws to be “tightened up”.
The 26-year-old was held up at gunpoint during a robbery in Brazil recently, and says: “Obviously they’ve got a huge gun issue in America, and I think that’s something we fortunately don’t have to live in fear of.
“Yet now, holding knives is almost a similar kind of thing.
“If we’re so proud that we haven’t got a gun problem – then we need to tighten up on the knives issue.”
He added a warning to people thinking about carrying knives: “100% don’t do it.”
Conor was getting in an Uber with his manager outside a Sao Paulo restaurant when a motorcyclist tapped on the window with a gun. Fortunately the gunman got “spooked” and rode off.
But Conor said: “It’s definitely made me be more careful and not to take things for granted – because it could have gone horribly wrong.”