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Naomi Campbell’s love for Russia has inspired the British supermodel to raise money for the country’s underprivileged children, she said on Monday.

A smiling Campbell, 39, told Reuters in an interview in the Russian capital,

“I’m living here… everyone has been very nice to me and welcoming and I wanted to give back.”

Spending part of the year in Moscow with her Russian boyfriend and property mogul Vladimir Doronin, the model has become a regular fixture at the city’s fashion shows and elite boutiques, sometimes clad in Russian-designed frocks.

Though she has a history of brushes with the law in the West, she is much-loved by Russia’s champagne-quaffing new rich and is the first major foreign star to live in the country.

In late May Campbell hopes to raise at least $1 million at her fundraiser, called NEON, for two Russian charities which provide education, medicine and training for children.

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