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Naomi Campbell blames racist industry

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Monday, August 20, 2007

London (ANI): Supermodel Naomi Campbell has slammed magazines like Vogue for sidelining black models by giving preference to fair-skinned women. The stroppy supermodel said that 'it is a pity that people don't appreciate black beauty'. The 37-year-old admitted that she herself finds it difficult to get a chance to appear in the cover page of the London issue of Vogue magazine.

"Black models are being sidelined by the major modelling agencies. It is a pity that people don't appreciate black beauty," Times Online quoted Campbell, as saying. "Even myself, I get a raw deal from my own country in England. For example, I hardly come on the front pages of the London Vogue magazine. Only white models, some of whom are not as prominent as I am, are put on splash pages. I don't want to quit modelling until I find that black models get equal prominence and recognition by the world media and information instruments."

She added, "I believe there are pretty girls from your lovely country who can grace the international catwalk and the front pages of fashion magazines with proper strategies." Campbell is now planning to start her own modelling agency in Kenya to look for African faces. However, she agreed that it would take time to being the change in the industry.

"You can look through all the big magazines and see hundreds of models and not see a single black one. So anything which increases the pool of African talent is a good thing, but it will be a while before we see a big change in the industry," she said.

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