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Naomi Campbell: ‘Not choosing models of color is an act of racism’
Earlier this month, Naomi Campbell teamed up with supermodels Bethann Hardison and Chanel Iman Robinson to fight racism and push for more diversity in the fashion industry through an organization called the Diversity Coalition. All three of the black models have been vocal since Fashion Week about the lack of diversity on runways in 2013. They even called out some of the world's most powerful design houses for "consistently [using] one or no models of color," blasting those choices as acts of racism in a letter addressed to the world's major fashion design councils. (Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler were all named in the document.)
In a recent interview with the U.K.'s Channel 4, Campbell expounded on her efforts to "balance diversity," through her group's campaign. "I'm saying the act of not choosing models of color is racist. So ... we're not calling them racist, we are saying the act is racist ... What we are asking for is that you are based on your talent, on your beauty, not on the color of your skin," she said. Campbell added that, by her count, just 15 percent of the models involved in New York Fashion Week were women of color, but she thinks when it comes time for London Fashion Week, those in charge "will do the right thing."
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