Still friends? Victoria Beckham furious at Naomi Campbell's racism accusation
Naomi Campbell phoned Victoria Beckham to discuss racism in the fashion industry.
The supermodel, along with model Iman and agent Bethann Hardison, has launched a campaign to stamp out racism on the runway.
Naomi and her Diversity Coalition colleagues put their names to an open letter naming fashion houses that use predominantly white models. Victoria’s label was on the list and she was said to be furious with the accusation, with Naomi revealing the pair discussed the situation.
“I called Victoria and I spoke to her,” the 43-year-old told British newspaper The Mirror. “I don’t want to pin-point anyone. It isn’t a blame game. Everyone’s name was on that letter because they’d done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like anyone else.”
Other designers on the list included Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Chanel and Armani. The open letter claimed that just 6% of models appearing at New York Fashion Week were black.
Naomi had no qualms about naming names, insisting she is trying to make the fashion industry a more equal place to work.
“Absolutely not! There is no way to candycoat this sort of thing. You have to be straight,” she argued. “We had the percentages and we were armed with the facts and you can’t be nervous about upsetting people. I speak the truth. People might not like it but I am doing it.”
Naomi is adamant that racism is still a relevant issue for models.
She claims some of the biggest names in the world have expressed their unhappiness at the situation.
“You will be surprised at some of the models who confide in me,” she said. “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 Benetton’.
“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 it.”