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Naomi Campbell Calls Out Victoria Beckham About Racism on Runway

naomi campbell 1Supermodel Naomi Campbell isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the powerful fashion industry.

While rap star Kanye West is launching a campaign to get his fiancee Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue, Campbell is fighting industry veterans to include more non-white models on the runway and in ad campaigns.

Most recently, Campbell and her cohorts Iman and fashion activist Bethann Hardison published an open letter with a list of fashion houses that were guilty of discrimination.

The letter highlighted that at New York Fashion Week just 6 percent of models were black and 9 percent were Asian and that fewer Black models are used now than in the 1970s.

The list included Campbell’s friend, Victoria Beckham and her eponymous line. Others like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Marc by Marc Jacobs were also named.

“I called Victoria and I spoke to her,” Campbell told the Daily Mirror about Beckham, who only used one non-white model among the 30 walking the runway.

“I don’t want to pinpoint anyone. It isn’t a blame game. Everyone’s name was on that letter because they’d done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like anyone else.”

Campbell stood strong when asked about upsetting her peers,

“Absolutely not! There is no way to candycoat this sort of thing,” she said.

“You have to be straight. We had the percentages and we were armed with the facts and you can’t be nervous about upsetting people.

“I speak the truth. People might not like it but I am doing it.”


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10 thoughts on “Naomi Campbell Calls Out Victoria Beckham About Racism on Runway

  1. Ty Walter says:

    Well done, Naomi.

  2. Graceful Hopeful says:

    she is beautiful

  3. Black women are so beautiful … Black models might have to consider creating something for themselves. We have to promote our own , we cannot depend on the established industry/structure to highlight our ladies. Lets think about it ….if the fashion industry should give black models more featuring then we would take over every thing. So the name of the fashion industry game is to keep black models at bay as long as possible. If dem ever open it up .. it would lead to the demise of the Caucasian as a race in less than three generation. In the mean time black beauties develop unno own league

  4. Yemi Mshelia says:

    thanks for the list of names!

  5. Obviously, she knows nothing about the "system of white supremacy." It is very clear… That she's in limbo!

  6. Daniel Gaskins says:

    We should use this information to guide our fashion purchases in the future, that WILL get their attention.

  7. Omri Jarard says:

    Kudos to Campbell! Good job!

  8. So glad she is using her voice positively; woman of colour has been around since eternity, great to see it brought to the forefront.

  9. Sambo Jallo says:

    We should built our own runways, don't have to beg white people in the fashion industry to include black models.Malcolm X said don't beg the white man to let you go into his house built you'r own house.

  10. Gigi Kelley says:

    Models of color only representing only 9% at fashion week is a major problem, and I agree racisim and discrimination in this industry. Something must be done. Bravo!, Iman, Naomi and Bethann for taking the industry on.

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