Naomi Campbell to Make Maiden Visit to Israel Next Week

The supermodel will be the guest of former President Shimon Peres at an International Women's Day conference hosted by the Peres Center for Peace.

Naomi Campbell arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 28, 2016.
Reuters

Supermodel Naomi Campbell will make her first visit to Israel next week to participate in the Women Leading Change conference at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv next Tuesday.

Campbell was personally invited by former President Shimon Peres. Also attending the conference will be former CNN talk-show host Larry King.

"Campbell has long wished to visit Israel, particularly after learning about the important work of the Ninth President Shimon Peres in promoting peace and advancing women in society," the center said in a press release. 

During the conference, which marks International Women's Day, Peres will present Campbell with the "Women Leading Change" award in honor of her important work for women and communities in need across the world.

A group of 100 Israeli and Palestinian schoolchildren taking part in the Peres Center's Girls' Twinned Peace Sports Schools program will be on hand to welcome Campbell and present her with a personalized soccer jersey.

Among the some 200 women expected to attend the conference are businesswoman Ofra Strauss, Adina Bar Shalom, daughter of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and founder of the Haredi College, and Nadia Kinani, Principal of Hand in Hand, a bilingual school for Jewish and Arab children in Jerusalem.