Both spreads have been featured in French Vogue and American Vogue. Why couldn’t they hire an African American model, rather than painting the models? How do they even get away with this? I am just so disgusted. This isn’t the first time fashion spreads are racially insensitive. It’s bad enough that during fashion runway shows only 15% of the models are not white. This only contributes to the problem that ethnic models are seeing less work than white models.
Naomi Campbell has spoken out against the fashion industry, calling it a ‘racist institution’. Campbell, who was the first black cover girl for both French and British Vogue, says that “you know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally.”
Campbell’s friend and designer, Bruce Oldfield, says that “it’s absolutely true that black models will not be as popular for advertising companies and magazine covers as white girls. In a recession, it’s probably doubly difficult for black girls to get a booking….In this climate things are worse, but it is compounding a problem that already exists. Cover editors are going to choose white over black. Naomi is not far off the mark.” Campbell goes on to say that, “this year we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don’t see any black women, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.” What is sad is that I can’t think of a single major ad campaign featuring a woman of color.
We are in the year 2010 for heaven sake! We elected our first African-American President and we still have to deal with racism?! It’s not only in the fashion world but it still goes on at our schools, communities, airports and so forth. It is absolutely ridiculous.