Naomi Campbell accuses firms of using ‘recession’ excuse to drop black models

August 30th, 2009 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Naomi Campbell London, Aug 30 (ANI): Naomi Campbell has slammed advertising companies for dropping black models from promoting their products on the pretext of recession.

“This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

The supermodel referred to a special edition of Italian Vogue last year, which only included non-white models.

She added: “That made some noise, but, unfortunately, we are the same as before. People, in the panic of the recession, don’t dare to put a girl of colour in their campaign, full stop. Nor of any other race. It’s a shame. It’s very sad.”

Campbell has been pretty vocal about racism in the fashion industry in the past too.

She had said earlier this year: “You know, the American president may be black, but, as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally.”

Fashion designer Bruce Oldfield also agrees with Campell who is a friend of Nelson Mandela.

The designer told Mandrake. “It’s absolutely true that black models will be not as popular for advertising companies and magazine covers as white girls. In a recession, it’s probably doubly difficult for black girls to get a booking.”

Campbell became the first black woman to be the cover girl of French Vogue in 1988 and also the first to be on the cover of British Vogue. (ANI)

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