At the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12, British supermodel Naomi Campbell took that opportunity. Campbell struck a blow for awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues when she noted she totally has a girl crush on Jennifer Lopez.
Although many of the attendees and presenters come from the LGBT community, not all recipients are. For example, Jennifer Lopez received the Vanguard Award for her role as an advocate of LGBT rights.
It is this role, among other things, that entices the 43-year-old supermodel to have a girl crush on Lopez. Campbell said that Lopez, 44, also known as J. Lo, is her Number 1 celebrity girl crush.
She noted Lopez’s fantastic long term career as a singer, designer and actress, as well as her role as a mother, make her a particularly fine candidate for admiration. At the awards ceremony, Campbell, who came wearing an amazing black, white and gold patterned dress with a huge afro hairdo, cheered Lopez on.
Lopez, with straightened locks and a striking blue and sheer dress, presented an air of elegance and responsibility.
Lopez’s life experience
In Lopez’s acceptance speech for her award, she said that her family led her to be an ardent supporter of LGBT rights and the community as a whole. Her late aunt Marisa was her “cool aunt,” her mother’s older sister who lived in sophisticated Manhattan when Lopez’s family lived in the Bronx.
Although she said that her aunt’s struggle for acceptance came at a time when it was dangerous to acknowledge that you were gay, she maintained a special relationship with her aunt and remembers her very fondly.
Part of the importance of the GLAAD Media Awards is to create awareness that the LGBT community is not particularly different from the rest of the world.
If Naomi Campbell and Jennifer Lopez can show that they have the ability to share fondness for each other, with or without romance, they can improve awareness and acceptance of the struggles LGBT people face every day.