Naomi Campbell on Barack Obama: ‘Let’s Paint the White House Black!’

Naomi Campbell, the first black model to grace the covers of British & French Vogue, may be a Brit by nationality–but she’s an American for Barack Obama at heart!

“I know that I am blessed – but there is always scope for change and improvement,” the 38-year-old supermodel told The Times. “Obama is for change, and I really hope he wins – let’s paint the White House black.”

Campbell, who has had multiple run-ins with the law due to her abrupt anger and infamous cellphone slinging, also said of her somewhat changed ways: “I have learnt – I am learning, I should say, not to be provoked. But if someone insults me, I’m still going to defend myself. I don’t take good to racial insults…”

Speaking of race, the groundbreaking beauty says of diversity in the modeling world, “My gut instinct is to keep women of colour out there whether I’m still in fashion or not. I’ll be very happy when I’m 55 years old to pick up a magazine and see a lovely spread with a black woman. Then I’ll know that I didn’t work for all these years only to see it go backwards.”

Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry’s systemized racism.

Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for.

Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given.

By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry.

Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.

PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com

400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn’t get your hands on the July issue of the “all-black” Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand.

With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don’t sell magazines.

Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue‘s attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn’t viewed as “a collectors’ edition, a one-off, a novelty”, as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.

Black Is The New Italian


Italian Vogue painted their entire issue black: devoting their July issue to black models and issues showing up American Vogue who dared ask the question “Is Fashion Racist?” in their July issue, then dedicated a paltry spread to a mere three models—Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa.

“Mine is not a magazine that can be accused of not using black girls,” editor Franca Sozzani, who has put Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede and Alek Wek on her covers, told the New York Times.

“Franca doesn’t realize what she’s done for people of color,” Naomi Campbell said. “It reminds me of Yves [Saint Laurent] using all the black models.”