Iman: Not using black models is ‘racist’

imanSupermodel Iman says not using enough black models on the catwalk is “racist” and thinks there were more black models on the catwalk in the 70s than there are now.


Iman says not using enough black models on the catwalk is a “racist” act.


The 58-year-old former supermodel – along with Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison – recently sent a letter to the governing bodies of each fashion capital which highlights a lack of racial equality in the fashion world and claims it is becoming an increasing problem.


The star – real name Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid – clarified on ‘Good Morning America’: “This [the letter] is not the business of shaming. As we go back to clarify this, no one is calling any of these designers racist. The act itself is racist.”


Iman believes there was more ethnic diversity when she first started out in the modelling world than there is now.


She added: “There were more black models working in the 70s than there are in 2013. This a time where silence is not acceptable at all. If the conversation cannot be had publicly in our industry, then there is something inherently wrong.”


Iman, Naomi and Bethan are currently campaigners for the Diversity Coalition, which seeks to create equality in the modelling industry.

Connect with us

Latest Stories

Jose Chameleone gets fans dancing with superstar

Musician and East African Legend Jose Chameleone released the video for

Ali Kiba seduces fans on new single

“I never make music to compete with anyone; people compete with me and

D’banj goes french on “Comment Ca Va”

Fans of D’banj are in for a treat with his latest release “Comment

Jose Chameleone yearns for love on mshamba

"Najua mimi mshamba Wewe mwenye asali kanifundisha kuilamba" These poetic

#WeirdNews: Girl lets best friend sleep with boyfriend to avoid sex talk

A YouTube star let her boyfriend have sex with her best friend to put


Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington found dead

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has reportedly been found dead

Nothing But Thieves don’t want rock star image

Nothing But Thieves are keen to defeat the rock star image by carving

Kanye to be joined by Chris Martin, 2 Chainz at Glastonbury?

Kanye West will reportedly be joined by Chris Martin and 2 Chainz during

Florence + the Machine replace Foo Fighters at Glastonbury

Florence + the Machine have replaced Foo Fighters as Friday's (26.06.15)

Blur’s Alex James loves ‘smoking hot’ Taylor Swift

Blur's Alex James thinks Taylor Swift is "smoking hot" and admits he has


Hugh Jackman won’t star as Wolverine in Deadpool movie

Hugh Jackman has ruled out starring as metal claw-bearing mutant Wolverine

Vin Diesel explains his love of social media

Hollywood star Vin Diesel believes social media has helped to change the

Watch Leonardo Dicaprio’s “Before the Flood” Full Documentary

8months after winning his long-awaited Oscar honored for his work in The

Wolverine 3 named Logan

Hugh Jackman has shared a poster of the upcoming third Wolverine movie,

Ben Affleck’s Batman year and a half away

Ben Affleck’s standalone ‘Batman’ movie – which he writes, directs