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Truth Be Told: Naomi Campbell Reflects On Being The Only Black Model On Runways

The supermodel speaks up on her own experiences with racism and discrimination
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Naomi Campbell is a fashion legend in her own right. One of the original supermodels, Campbell broke boundaries as the first black model to grace many runways and magazine covers. But it wasn't easy for the London-born beauty. Campbell recently opened up on how she felt about the lack of diversity in the industry, saying she knows "what it's like to be the token and it wasn't a good feeling to have to always be the only black model in a show of 70 girls", and calling the experience "uncomfortable". 

 

 

Despite the feeling of unease, she still agreed to do the shows, because if she didn't there would be no black faces. While she didn't want to call out people or brands, she said the truth will come out eventually on "who is doing it for the token and who is doing it for real". 

 

 

The model has always been honest about her experiences with racial discrimination, both inside and outside the fashion industry. Earlier this year, she revealed that she was barred from entering a hotel in southern France because of her skin colour. 

 

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