Naomi: Diversity Has Improved This Season

NAOMI CAMPBELL says that the Diversity Coalition has already made an impact on the number of black and Asian models appearing on the catwalk, just two weeks after the start of the spring/summer 2014 shows.

“I’ve seen a huge change this season already,” Campbell – in London this morning for the launch of the British version of her modelling panel show, The Face – said.

“Giorgio Armani used four models of colour in his show, and a model of colour opened his show, which is something that I haven’t seen in a very long time. Jil Sander did; I’m naming names because this is a big
improvement.”

Happy though she is with the change for the better, Campbell cautioned against letting the current improvement lull us into believing that the situation no longer required attention.

“We don’t want this to be a trend; that designers begin using models of colour just because we are raising our voices,” she said. “We hope they will keep doing it and we’re going to keep raising our voices until they do. It’s a long-term plan.”

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