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Naomi Campbell: The All-Black Issue of Vogue Italia "Didn't Work"

Naomi Campbell: The All-Black Issue of Vogue Italia "Didn't Work"

>> Naomi Campbell, long a crusader for models of color — who also happens to be verging on her 25-year anniversary in the industry — is still frustrated with ad casting, she tells the Telegraph UK: "This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced. I don't see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns."

In the upcoming issue of POP, she expresses a similar feeling: "The black issue of Italian Vogue was great but I feel it was great for just a moment. It didn't work. You still don't see black models, ethnic models, and models from different cultures in advertising very much." She continues in the Telegraph UK: "That [Vogue Italia issue] 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."

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Perhaps part of the problem is that Naomi's young counterparts don't have a Christy Turlington or Linda Evangelista around for support?  Naomi tells POP:

"Linda and Christy were very important to me in my career as a black model. They would say to designers who had never worked with black models, 'if you don't take Naomi we don't do your show.' Christy even more so: she introduced me to Steven Meisel, to Gianni Versace, and I always say that I owe her the biggest thank you. We are still great friends today. If she ever calls me for anything I will always break my back and try to do it for her, because I don't forget what she has done for me."
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