Naomi Campbell: fashion is more racist than ever

01 September 2009


Naomi Campbell

As the world’s most successful black model – the first to grace the cover of leading fashion magazines in the ’80s – Naomi Campbell has long been outspoken about racism in fashion. ‘You know, the American President may be black but, as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business,’ she said of the industry earlier this year. And Naomi now thinks the recession has made the situation worse. ‘This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns,’ says the 39-year-old supermodel. Even the ground-breaking special edition of Italian Vogue dedicated to non-white models – and featuring Naomi’s self-proclaimed protégée Jourdan Dunn – didn’t make enough of an impact for the supermodel. ‘That made some noise, but, unfortunately, we are the same as before. People, in the panic of the recession, don’t dare to put a girl of colour in their campaign, full stop. Nor of any other race. It’s a shame. It’s very sad.’ No doubt Naomi has been voicing similar concerns to close friend, Sarah Brown. It’ll be interesting to see if the two can make any significant changes at this London Fashion Week, which celebrates both 25 years of British fashion and Naomi’s career. [The Telegraph]



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