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Following Diet Prada, Naomi Campbell Responds to Racist 'ELLE' Germany Article

The controversial article states that “Black is Back.”

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Following Diet Prada, Naomi Campbell Responds to Racist 'ELLE' Germany Article

The controversial article states that “Black is Back.”

Shortly after fashion call-out account Diet Prada posted a series of photos capturing ELLE Germany’s off-color article on black models, Naomi Campbell took to Instagram to express shared outrage at the piece. Shortly after, the magazine followed up with an apology stating it is “aware of how problematic” the article is.

The magazine’s November 2019 issue featured a roundup of successful black models including Joan Smalls, Adut Akech and Anok Yai with the tokenizing headline “Black is back.” Adding insult to injury, the publication misidentified Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman. A translation of the article’s copy reveals further tone-deaf sentiments. The first sentence reads, “models of color were never as in demand as they are now.”

Campbell, who often champions fellow models of color on social media, posted a heartfelt response to the controversy. She addresses her comments, to Editor-In-Chief Sabine Nedelchev:

“I’ve said countless times that we are not a trend. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of color but please do it in a respectful way…Very disappointing to say the least.”

The supermodel also offers to speak with Nedelchev on how to be more sensitive going forward. Though fashion has certainly made strides in being more inclusive when it comes to casting, ELLE‘s characterization of black models as a trend is reductive and glosses over the larger issue of discrimination in the industry.

 

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Dear sabine nedelchev @ellegermany This makes me so sad to see this, @bethannhardison @the_real_iman and I are here if you are not clear on the guide lines of diversity.. your mistake it is highly insulting in every way, .. you go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment the fashion it’s is misleading on your headline and Type !! ! I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of color but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way . I too in my career have seen pictures of others models called me just because of the color of our Skin, and recently seen many pictures of models of color being called being @adutakech .. do you know what it feels like to do the job ( @naomichinwing ) 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 . 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 NAOMI THANK YOU @diet_prada . #defendingmybabies ♥️

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