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Black British Stars Celebrated At National Portrait Gallery

Naomi Campbell, Dizzee Rascal & Sir Lenny Henry will be amongst those honoured.

22nd Aug 2017

The National Portrait Gallery has taken big steps in its push for diversity by announcing it will honour some of the greatest black British icons of our generation.

Iconic figures in a diverse range of fields such as Fashion Goddess Naomi Campbell, legendary broadcast journalist Sir Trevor McDonald and Labour Politician Chuka Umunna will be honoured by the famous museum.

They were photographed by Simon Frederick, who originally took the shots for BBC Two documentary ‘Black Is The New Black.’ He has donated the entire portfolio to the gallery which makes for an important reminder about how Black Brits have impacted the culture and continued to push boundaries and define them.

Other black boundary breakers who will be honoured include new Vogue editor Edward Enninful, Laura Mvula, sports stars Denise Lewis and Les Ferdinand as well as former children's laureate Malorie Blackman.

Describing the collection, Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said: ‘These striking portraits of black British sitters powerfully reflect the diversity and variety of contemporary British achievement in public life.’

Phillip Prodger, the gallery’s head of photographs added: ‘We are proud to welcome these works into our collection, where they will be seen, enjoyed, and celebrated for generations to come.’

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