Iman and Naomi Campbell Fight Back Against Racism on the Runway

In what GMA is calling an "unprecedented" move, supermodels Iman, Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison are going after racism on the runway and publicly calling out the designers who fail to hire a diverse cast of models. While it's not actually unprecedented Jezebel's own Jenna Sauers and Dodai Stewart have been calling out the fashion world on its whitewashing since 2008 — their actions and outspokeness could have a profound and positive impact, especially considering that Iman and Naomi Campbell are two of the most powerful, high profile models in the business.

"There were more black models working [in the '70s] than there were in 2013," Iman, on behalf of Diversity Coalition, told GMA's Juju Chang. "There is a time when silence is not acceptable at all and if the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry then inherently there is something wrong with the industry."


In an open letter to the CFDA, Diversity Coalition names Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Armani among the worst offenders.

Fashion Icons Naomi Campbell, Iman Demand Diversity on 'Racist' Runway [GMA]

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I'm just going to talk about the time when I met Iman.

One time, when M'lady and I were the "regular people" on an episode of that Project Runway rip-off that Bravo threw together after they lost Project Runway, I met Iman.

She was glorious: articulate, demanding, and so tall. She looked like she was a gift from a benevolent alien race.

Iman and I agreed about nothing that I was wearing (or doing) during the filming of the episode but I could tell that her disdain for me was just a special kind of love.