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Throughout her long-running and highly impressive career as a top model, Naomi Campbell has been a tireless advocate for diversity in fashion. In 2013, Campbell partnered with fellow model Iman, as well as industry advocate, former model, and agent Bethann Hardison, as part of a campaign to call out anti-blackness in the fashion industry and to push for diversity.
Campbell recently sat down with famed photographer Nick Knight and talked candidly about the ongoing issue of racism in the fashion industry.
The British beauty who continues to slay in ads, and on the runways, stated that the lack of black models in the industry is part of the reason why she won’t be retiring anytime soon.
“That’s one of the things that keeps me wanting to work, because I feel like I can’t duck out yet because I feel I still have to represent,” she explained.
Campbell also revealed that she regularly makes use of the popular application WhatsApp by running a “support group” for black models.
“I have to watch out for my babies,” she says. In this group, which includes Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Malaika Firth and Riley Montana, the girls can show solidarity with each other. “A lot of them, their hearts were broken this time in Paris. I got the calls, I got the texts,” Campbell goes on.
Watch the entire interview: