Iman: where are all the black models? No matter the intention, the result is racism
Iman, the Somali born supermodel and wife of David Bowie, is growing increasingly incensed. “There were more black models on the catwalk when I started in the 1970s than there are today,” she exclaims.
Iman, Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison sent an open letter to the heads of the fashion governing bodies in New York, London, Paris and Madrid, under the banner of Hardison’s Diversity Coalition.
“Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches design houses consistently use one or no models of colour,” the letter reads. “No matter the intention, the result is racism.” The coalition then lists the designers and fashion houses it says are “guilty of this racist act”, among them Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Roberto Cavalli and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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