Bono, Naomi Campbell and Charlize Theron among A-listers at Mandela memorial

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013    

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A-list celebrities joined some of the greatest political figures of a generation at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

The guest list, featuring names from the world of film, music and fashion, reaffirmed the inspirational leader's status as an icon of pop culture as well as politics.

Famous friends of the anti-apartheid leader such as the supermodel Naomi Campbell, U2 lead singer Bono and South African actress Charlize Theron, were all pictured arriving at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

U.S. chat show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was also expected to fly to South Africa for the service, but failed to show.

Richard Branson, who helped Mandela set up The Elders human rights group, sent his wishes to those at the memorial via Twitter.

Campbell is one of the most famous faces to have been regularly pictured with the late world leader.

Their lasting friendship began after she met him in 1993. Later in 1998, she organised a charity fashion show for the Nelson Mandela Children's fund.

She secured a host of high-profile names from the world of fashion to appear at a Versace show at Mandela's presidential residence.

The show later appeared in a documentary called Naomi Conquers Africa.

After his death, the model released a statement in which she described Madiba as: "A figure of strength, hope, freedom, selflessness and love."

— Daily Mail



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