Naomi Campbell confronted Victoria Beckham on lack of black models in her shows
You wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of supermodel Naomi Campbell.
But that's arguably just what designer, Victoria Beckham did when she featured only one non-white model in her 30-strong London Fashion Week show.
Naomi, who has helped launch a campaign to expose discrimination in the fashion industry, personally called the former Spice Girl to discuss the issue after the designer was included on a letter listing all the offending design houses.
Naomi Campbell has said she felt no fear when confronting Victoria Beckham about the number of black models used in catwalk shows.
The legendary model, 43, called out the former Spice Girl, 39, and a list of other designers after just six per cent of models were black during the recent New York Fashion Week.
‘There is no way to candycoat this sort of thing. You have to be straight,’ the catwalk queen said following the outrage that fewer black models are employed during the event now than in the 1970s.
‘We had percentages and we were armed with the facts and you can’t be nervous about upsetting people,’ she told the Daily Mirror, revealing she called Posh herself to ask her about her catwalk choices – but didn’t single her out as the main culprit.
‘It isn’t a blame game. Everyone’s name was on that letter [including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli] because they’d done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like anyone else.’
The race issue surrounding Fashion Week made headlines around the world earlier this year when shows lacked diversity. However Campbell fears this may only be the tip of the iceberg.
‘You will be surprised at some of the models who confide in me,’ she went on.
‘A lot of them are very big. They are told “We don’t want you in our show, this isn’t the United Colours of Bennetton.” One model who said this to me is on about three covers right now. She is one of the lucky few and she’s still experiencing [racism].’
The model vows to continue to fight for racial equality in fashion.
‘I speak the truth. People might not like it but I am doing it,’ she said.