Chanel Iman’s enviable long legs and charming good looks have some touting her as this generation’s Naomi Campbell, or her namesake, Iman. Although the years have progressed and the model faces in the spotlight have changed, one thing that remains prominent in the modeling industry, sadly, is the lack of racial inclusion.
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ClutchMagOnline recently spotted an interview from Chanel Iman in The Sunday Times where she bravely addresses the issues within the fashion industry.
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When asked if fashion has a problem with race, she says:
“Yeah, most definitely. A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘we already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore.’ I felt very discouraged. When someone tells you, ‘we don’t want you because we already have one of your kind, it’s really sad.”
But she does take into account the designers who are doing their part to make a change. She tells the reporter:
“I appreciate designers making a strong statement that black women are beautiful. Black women like fashion. And when there’s more diversity on the runway, it makes our world more inclusive.”
The commentary comes just weeks after wrapping what was one of the least diverse fashion weeks in recent history, with a slim 6 percent of black models, a drop from the 8 percent of the Fashion Week prior.
It’s kind of exhausting to have models dealing with the same problems in 2013 that they faced in 1993.
SOURCE: Huffington Post
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