Naomi Campbell is lashing out at the fashion industry for their failure to routinely use African American models in campaigns and photo shoots.
She has acknowledged that things have improved since she started modeling, but black models are still not getting the respect they deserve on the catwalk. She says that black models are not being used as much as they should be and wants that to change.
In a new interview, she said, “We’re all aware that we need to introduce more women of color. But what I’ve seen recently is that I’ve seen it go backwards slightly. We need to raise awareness again and need to start using women of color more.”
Talk isn’t cheap for her, either. Naomi is taking the initiative herself and is helping raise awareness herself in order to help young models. She said, “It’s not for myself, but the younger girls who come up to me and say, ‘We didn’t get used this season, we didn’t do this, someone used 81 models and didn’t use one of us.’ In that respect if they come up and talk to me, and I’m able to speak on their behalf, then I will.”
Finally, Naomi is using her celebrity to benefit someone other than herself. I am amazed. You go girl!
image credit: vogue
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