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Chanel Iman Still Passed Over in Fashion

Even after fashion bible Vogue asked, “Is fashion racist?” Chanel Iman is still passed over for modeling jobs, the 17-year-old It Girl—and our favorite model of the moment—tells Newsweek.

“I will fly to London for what is supposed to be 20 casting calls and won’t get but 15 because the other five designers don’t want black models,” says Chanel Iman, who is currently in Gap billboards around the country and is arguably the hottest black fashion model (next to Liya Kebede). “That’s not going to happen to white models. It’s upsetting and insulting and totally backwards.”

Supermodel Naomi Campbell also chimes in, “This is not the conversation I thought I would have to have at this point. You think you’ve broken the barriers and then the game changes. So you have to fight all over again.”

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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.”

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