Naomi Campbell has blasted editors at Elle Germany over a tone-deaf feature about black models.
On Tuesday, the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada took aim at the publication over its November 2019 issue, which had a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.
In response, British supermodel Naomi has taken to Instagram to express her dismay over the magazine’s misplaced attempt to highlight diversity in the fashion industry and begged editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev to reach out to either herself or other pioneers, like Bethann Hardison and Iman, for advice.
“Your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she began. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s OK to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”
Naomi went on to comment that she finds it “very disappointing” when models are mislabelled in magazine spreads and noted that she has recently noticed other rising stars being confused with South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech.
“Do you know what it feels like to do the job and not even be given the right name credit? Very disappointing to say the least. If you would like a conversation to know how to have a diverse mind we are here to sit and accommodate,” the 49-year-old fired. “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”
Accordingly, a number of Naomi’s celebrity pals shared their support for her stance in the comments section of her post, including make-up artist Sir John, Ebonee Davis, Linda Evangelista, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, with Bethann writing a lengthy note insisting the magazine bosses should be “embarrassed by our reactions”.
Representatives for Elle Germany are yet to respond to the backlash.
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