Naomi Campbell speaks out

On the challenges for models of colour

Naomi Campbell has said that black models face greater discrimination than they did when she first joined the industry 27 years ago.

In a Channel 4 News interview, due to broadcast tonight at 7pm, she says: ‘What we are asking for is that you are [judged] on your talent, on your beauty, not on the colour of your skin’.

This echoes what Naomi told ELLE in an exclusive interview in the October issue. She said that her ‘whole career was based on a challenge… As a woman of colour, you have to work 110%… 100% is not enough.’


The supermodel has launched a campaign with fashion activist Bethann Hardison and model Iman Abdulmajid to highlight the lack of black and Asian models in the fashion industry (currently 6% and 9%, respectively).

In the interview with Jonathan Rugman, Naomi added: ‘I think that London will do the right thing, and we’re going to see a lot more models of colour on the runway.’

To read the full Naomi Campbell interview, buy the October issue now

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