Naomi Campbell: “Racist” Runways Must End

Campbell and others aren't afraid to name names when it comes to designer runways with no models of color

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More than two decades after Naomi Campbell became a supermodel, Campbell says designer runways are still rife with racism. Along with beauty icon Iman and fashion activist Bethann Hardison, Campbell formed the Diversity Coalition to call attention to the lack of black models in fashion, specifically naming designers who recently had shows in Fall 2013 fashion weeks with “one or no models of color.”

In an open letter, the Coalition told the designers, “No matter the intention, the result is racism.” Some of the names listed include: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Kara, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler.

There’s no doubt that as a result of the open letter, all eyes will be on the choice of models in the upcoming Paris and Milan fashion weeks.

3 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

The fashion world should not be black mailed by black models, there are more white models then black models just by shear numbers. I do not see Asian or hispanic models bitching. The old race card bs once again, just to get the attention. now these white agencies and designers will give in to the race card and hire black models just to shut them up. typical reverse racism bs. I do not see any white models doing jerry curl adds or commercials on BET. and you do not hear them complain about apparent all black commercials. double standard bs . there are a lot of beautiful black women and good looking black men in TV and movies and in modeling who do tons of work, naomi is a troubled racist little stuck up bitch who thinks she sould model in everything. getting old for the job naomi move on.

LauraJ.Richardson
LauraJ.Richardson

@Openminded1 Just because the other models don't protest does not mean they do not feel similar sentiments. It is evident that racism is present, just ask Ms. America. The evidence is real and now it is up to the designers to look at their hiring practices.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@LauraJ.Richardson @Openminded1 Its not racism it is what the designers think is best to sell there line. based on sales data. ms America is not the same, there was and alwayswill be racist out there, but the fact remains the girl of Indian heritage  won so the racism was not there the people being racist on line are not people who mattered they did not pick ms USA.