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Norma Kamali

Fashion Designer
Norma Kamali is known as an innovator, inventor, and designer. The the Sleeping Bag Coat, High-Heeled Sneaker, and Parachute Collection are all orma concepts, and in 1980, she was the first to present the innovative Sweats Collection, the forerunner of casual sportswear sometimes known as athleisure. Her influential swimwear is recognized globally as highly directional and has remained an influence in the market for decades. Her work is on display in the Smithsonian Institute in the form of the the “Farrah Fawcett swimsuit” from the famous poster. She has won numerous awards for fashion, film, interior design, and architecture, including the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA in 2016. She has also received awards for her work with public schools from the Obama White House as well as pro-public school education organizations. Her recent Stop Objectification campaign raises awareness about the unique experiences a woman has regarding objectification and aims to help free women of the stigma of those experiences.