Naomi Campbell accused the fashion industry of racism today as she urged designers to use more black models.
The model said the industry had taken a step backwards, as she collected a special honour at the British Fashion Awards.
She told the Evening Standard: “We’re all aware that we need to introduce more women [of colour]. 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 colour more. When I look at the shows this season, there weren’t as many as a year-and-a-half ago. We’ve got to keep speaking out, so as boring as it may be, if you hear me saying it over and over again I have to stand up for my fellow comrades.”
“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,” she added. –TIL