Naomi Campbell is speaking out about racism in the fashion industry, sharing a shocking anecdote surrounding her recent fashion campaign.
“Something happened to me the other day and I was quite taken aback,” the 48-year-old supermodel reveals in an interview with BBC News in Lagos, Nigeria, where she is attending Arise Fashion week, which showcases the best fashion designers from throughout Africa.
“I did a campaign for someone and I was told that one of the countries in Asia won’t use the picture because of the colour of my skin,” she continued.
“Ironically, I have that gene in my family. So I was quite like, ‘Really?'” added Campbell.
“But you know it doesn’t stop me,” she declared. “That’s just another country that has to be shown that is ignorant and is not the way of the world right now on the global scale.”
Campbell also told Vogue about the incident, admitting it was “a reality check” to encounter that level of racism firsthand.
“It’s still not balanced completely. I’m the face of a new campaign and I was told that because of the colour of my skin a certain country would not use my picture,” she told the magazine. “For me it was a reality check. I never believe in the hype, so it just kept things in perspective for me. Now I would like to know that models [of colour] get the same opportunities and fees in advertising.”