Model veteran Naomi Campbell was recently interviewed by Britain’s Channel 4 News to honor the beginning of London’s Fashion Week. The focus of the interview was centered on why Naomi partnered with Bethann Hardison and Iman to speak out against the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. And while answering the interviewer’s questions with much poise and grace, Campbell stated that although she has become a household name and gained much success in her modeling career, she feels in order to pay it forward she much advocate for young black models who are finding their way in the industry.
When asked how she dealt with discrimination, Campbell said:
“It made me stronger, it made me want to rise to the challenge, it made me more determined, more passionate to overcome—that’s me.”
When the interviewer then asked Naomi if she is a role model, she stated she is not; thus causing him to imply her actions are a ploy for her to reform her public image rather than address diversity in the fashion industry. He said, “You have a reputation, rightly or wrongly, of being an angry person,” and asked if the model’s anti-racism activism was an example of “good anger.”
Like a woman with as much intelligence as her beauty, Campbell shut down his anger claims and offered the rebuttal of her being passionate about the generation of black models on the rise who are being hired less. She also told her interviewer she is not an angry black woman but concerned about her community.
Sounds like Naomi might have finally grown up. Check out the interview in the video below. What do you think about how she handled herself?
Do you think the “angry” statement was necessary?