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Naomi Campbell Says Minority Models Are Unwanted In Recession

Naomi Campbell has continued to work as a supermodel despite being 39, but even though she’s been able to defy fashion industry norms, she says black and other models of color are having a tough time in the recession. “This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced,” she told The Telegraph. “I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.” Naomi says Italian Vogue‘s Black Issue last summer “made some noise,” but didn’t actually cause any changes in how often minority models are booked. “People, in the panic of the recession, don’t dare to put a girl of colour in their campaign, full stop,” she added. “Nor of any other race. It’s a shame. It’s very sad.”

Naomi has been in the fashion biz for a loooong time, so she’s seen a lot, but is she just talking out of her butt with this attack? I mean, black, Hispanic, and Asian models have always taken a back seat to white models, so what’s so different during the recession? Keep reading »

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