Campbell Wants To See More Black Models

NAOMI CAMPBELL has hit out at fashion label bosses, accusing them of snubbing black and Asian models.
Campbell broke down barriers when she became the first black model to appear on the cover of the French edition of Vogue in 1988, later repeating the feat in the magazine's, UK, Japanese and Chinese issues.
But she insists that 20 years on there are still few opportunities for models who don't have "blonde hair and blue eyes".
And she argues the current climate of economic strife is the perfect opportunity for big labels to try new concepts.
In a message to fans on her blog, the supermodel writes, "Sadly, I don't see enough black women or any other non-white race in big advertising campaigns. As I have said before, companies are not putting girls of colour in their campaigns especially in the panic of the recession.
"During any recession, it is at times like these that the companies should be open-minded and come up with inspiring concepts. I love blonde hair and blue eyes but the world is also made up of other colours that are just as inspiring and exciting and should be incorporated in campaigns."


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Naomi is right, she is absolutely right; the fashion industry must include women of all races, if the fashion industry is a global industry, if the fashion industry uses revenue from women around the world then it must include women of ever culture and race; any other action is discrimination whether it is covert or overt. Discrimination also is not wise from the viewpoint of the industry for in the fashion industry will then bring self-imposed sanction upon itself as women of other ethnicities will look towards designs that are more ethnic to themselves and away from the major industry houses that are not tapping into women of other resource and will suffer fiscal losses for it. Naomi didn't cover every challenge this discrimination brings up but she is correct and hits on a key point; one of seven that will break the industry if they don't change.
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