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Supermodels call for more diversity in the fashion industry

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Sep 09, 2013 | 10:48am EDT

Iman, Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison have joined forces to bash modeling industry bosses for the lack of diversity on magazine covers and catwalks. The supermodels and activists have sent letters to the major councils of fashion designers in New York, London, Paris and Milan, listing every designer who uses just one or no models of colour in their runway shows, branding them "racist acts". During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Monday (09Sep13), Iman says, "This is not the business of shaming. As we go back again to clear a fight, nobody is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself is racism." Iman, who has been modeling since the 1970s, explains there was more diversity decades ago than there is now. She continues, "There is a time when silence is not acceptable at all and if the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry, there is inherently something wrong with the industry."

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