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Naomi Campbell was scouted at the young age of 15. She became the first black model on the cover of French Vogue and Time Magazine. She has dominated the runway for top designers such as Versace, Dior, and Chanel. In addition Naomi has made numerous appearances in TV shows and music videos such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Madonna’s “Erotica” and Michael Jackson’s “In the closet”. The supermodel has contributed a substantial amount of charity work in South Africa with Nelson Mandela dating back to 1993. In 1997, she was named honorary granddaughter. In the fashion industry, she encountered racism which she refers to as “territorialism”. “I didn’t let it rattle me. From attending auditions and performing at an early age. I understood what it meant to be black. You had to put in extra effort. You had to be twice as good.”

Models of color often encounter stylists who do not have experience working with ethic hair and makeup. Naomi would often have to resort to bringing her own hair products and makeup to shoots. Straight hair extensions served as a solution at first to protect their hair and get the job in compensation of stylist expertise. According to black models in the industry such as Jordan Dunn, this is still an issue. Naomi is now an advocate for other non-white models. She fights for models of all colors for casting. The supermodel watch dog has called out fashion week for using few models of color. In 2013 New York fashion week 13 out of 92 shows featured no black models. She has teamed up with supermodel Iman who also perceives lack of diversity in the fashion industry.  


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