Iman & Naomi Join The Discussion

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Earlier in the week, the issue of racial diversity on the runway was raised in letters to the CFDA and it's equivalent bodies in London, Milan, and Paris. (Read more here.) Since then, Naomi Campbell and Iman have taken to clarifying the concerns of the Diversity Coalition (the newly formed organization responsible for the letters). British Vogue reports:

"This is not the business of shaming," said Iman on Good Morning America. "As we go back to clarify this, no one is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself is racist. There were more black models working in the Seventies than there are in 2013. This a time where silence is not acceptable at all. If the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry, then there is something inherently wrong."

Campbell argued that designers need to be more open-minded when it comes to viewing different ideals of beauty: "They hide behind an aesthetic; they see an aesthetic as this [one vision]."
[Bethann] Hardison, a former model [...] who spearheaded the initiative, says that the problem isn't necessarily to do with race.
"This isn't even about racism, it's to do with a sense of laziness," she said. "I think that they're ignorant and they're arrogant."