Naomi Campbell Expertly Called Out Her Famous Friend’s Racism

Photo: PCN

Photo: PCN

If you need another reason to fear and worship Naomi Campbell, she’s calling out her personal friend Posh Spice Victoria Beckham for not featuring any black models in her show at London Fashion Week. “I called Victoria and I spoke to her,” Campbell told The Mirror. Hi Ci Ya! Hold tight!

As a member of Balance Diversity, a group devoted to ending racism in the fashion industry, Campbell has made several efforts to draw attention to runway whitewashing. (You have to wonder how she feels about this month’s Vogue Thailand cover, on which an almost unrecognizable Campbell appears to have had her skin lightened digitally.) Only one woman of color walked in Beckham’s show, and Campbell refused to ignore the lack of representation.

Despite the badass call-out, Campbell makes it clear that she’s not specifically condemning Beckham, and that the other designers in the show have to share the blame. Campbell told The Mirror, “I don’t want to pin-point anyone. It isn’t a blame game. … It could have been completely unintentional.” Still, it’s definitely worth mentioning. It’s great that the industry has such a strong woman to keep people talking about race and discrimination.

On a mostly unrelated note, I wonder how long it takes to get used to being the kind of famous where you have other celebrities in your phone contacts. “I’ll text you back later, Ryan Gosling—I’m playing Words With Friends with Selena Gomez.” Anyway. Thank goodness Naomi Campbell is willing to use her celebrity-phone-call powers to speak up about important issues. Props.

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    • Julia Sonenshein

      sang along in my head to “Hi Ci Ya! Hold tight!”

    • M.

      White women are generally better-looking… boo-hoo!

      No-one is yelling racism at the NFL, the 100-metre sprints, and the NBA being black-majority (in a White-majority country). Could it be because blacks may be inherently better at bursts of strength? Which they undeniably are. But God forbids Whites are at something.

      White is objectively more beautiful and this is a White-created nation. You want a majority Black fashion show, go to Africa. Why isn’t Naomi campaigning against the paucity of White models in Africa?