Naomi Campbell is spitting mad once again, but this time she's taking her anger out on the fashion industry, which she says has turned its back on black models as a result of the recession, reports The Telegraph.
"This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced," Campbell told the paper. "I don't see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns."
Of last year's Vogue Italia issue featuring all-black models, the source quotes the supermodel as saying, "That made some noise, but, unfortunately, we are the same as before. People, in the panic of the recession, don't dare to put a girl of color in their campaign, full stop. Nor of any other race. It's a shame. It's very sad."This isn't the first time Campbell has taken a stance against racism in the fashion industry. Last year she appeared in a controversial video made by fashion photographer Nick Knight decrying the exclusion of black models.
While there's no denying that white models are more prevalent in the fashion and beauty industry, Campbell herself is currently starring in at least two major campaigns: Dennis Basso furs -- ironic since the model was one a PETA girl -- and Dolce & Gabbana perfume.
A few other examples of ads featuring ethnic women: Rihanna, Queen Latifah and Dania Ramirez for CoverGirl; Beyoncé and Freida Pinto for L'Oreal; and Eva Mendes for both Calvin Klein Underwear and Jeans.
But, then again, who can forget last year's charges that L'Oreal digitally lightened Beyoncé's skin in its Feria ads?
"It usually takes an ethnic girl - I'm not saying black, I'm saying ethnic, let's make that clear - twice as long," Iman told i-D. "We've gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren't ethnic. Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season, because that'll kill us."
Click here to learn about the black supermodel who started it all.