If Naomi Campbell is one of the most famous models in the world, the young woman suffered a great deal during her podium debut. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the top denounces the lack of diversity in the fashion world.
In the early 90s, five models were the stars of the podium. Among the muses of Gianni Versace, one could find the sublime Carla Bruni , Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen. Becoming a Supermodel, the 49-year-old still has a bitter memory of her early years in this very select environment.And for good reason, she claims to have served as a ” black deposit ” in an industry that lacked diversity.
“It’s an unpleasant feeling to be the only black model on a parade of 70 models”
Renowned for not having her tongue in her pocket, Naomi Campbell then pushed a huge rage in an interview with the Wall Street Journal : ” I know what it is to be the black bond and it is is an uncomfortable feeling of being the only black model on a parade of 70 models. It was uncomfortable, I did not like it. But if I had refused, there would have been none . If today some tops of color are claimed by the great couturiers for their beauty and not for their ” black deposit “, Naomi Campbell regrets that some brands continue to always hire the same girls who are alike.
The top 49 years goes even further by explaining that companies should incorporate more ” faces of diversity ” : ” I will not complain, we see a little more diversity in the parades. But now if we go further, within the houses, we will give a seat to this diversity to talk about projects and be an integral part. Now is the time for the industry to have diversity within the office . ” Let’s hope that creators and investors hear these words and be ready to make some changes …