Veteran models Naomi Campbell and Iman have both spoken on racism on the runway. Stating that the figures are shocking when it comes to black models being cast for Fashion Week, they both believe there isn’t enough equality yet and still believe racism is very much present at shows. Naomi says that the statistics are “shocking” to her:
“The statistics, it’s really shocking. Heartbreaking. Your body and beauty, it doesn’t matter what color you are. If you’ve got the right talent, you should be there having the opportunity to do the job.”
Iman adds that she even believes the situation has become worse over time:
“There were more black models working [in the ’70s] than it is happening in 2013,” Iman added. “There is a time when silence is not acceptable at all. And if the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry, then inherently there is something wrong with the industry.”
Iman says they don’t want to call out particular designers for their casting choices but she does believe that attitudes need to change:
“You know, this is not the business of shaming, and as we go back again to clarify it, nobody is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself is racism.”
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