Supermodel-turned-activist Naomi Campbell has launched a campaign to highlight the lack of models of color on catwalks.
During an interview with British media entity Channel 4 News, Campbell stressed the importance of diversifying the field.
But the interviewer subtly accused her of being just another angry black woman.
“You have a reputation, rightly or wrongly, of being an angry person,” he said. He followed up by asking if Campbell’s cause was an example of what he labeled as “good anger.”
“What we are asking for is that you are based on your talent, on your beauty, not on the colour of your skin. We feel passionate [about this]. Feeling passionate about something doesn’t mean you have to be angry.” When asked if she was accusing the industry of being racist, Ms Campbell said: “I’m saying the act of not choosing models of colour, is racist. We’re not calling them racist, we’re saying the act was racist.”
Activist Bethann Hardison and Model Iman Abdulmajid are also part of the campaign.
Naomi Campbell isn’t quite the poster child for peace, but what’s up with this angry black woman stereotype?
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