naomi-campbell-the-grio-interview-fab-magazineSpeaking exclusively to The Grio, Naomi Campbell talked about the new season of her modelling TV show The Face, Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o and diversity in fashion. The supermodel also revealed that, despite being discovered on the streets of London at only 14-years-old and taking the fashion world by storm, as well as being the first black model the grace the covers of Time Magazine and French Vogue, she often questioned about how her race affected her chances at modelling.

When asked about Lupita Nyong’o’s speech during her February 27th speech at the Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon where the actress revealed that as a child she experienced “self-hate” because of her dark complexion and used to pray for lighter skin, Naomi said:

“I understand where she’s [Nyong’o] coming from, I’ve heard it many times, but I never felt that. I felt like ‘what if I was blonde and blue-eyed? Would I have better opportunity for getting this job?’ Those things went through my mind…absolutely. But look, she’s done it now and she didn’t have to do any of that to get to where she wanted to get to. She is an inspiration to all young women, especially African women.”

“The hope that she gives… I don’t think she knows how significant she is, and for what she’s done for so many young women all over the world,” she also added.

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 With the Fashion Month just wrapping up it was inevitable not to discuss diversity on international runways with the model who in September 2013, teamed up with fashion industry veterans Bethann Hardison and Iman to support a campaign for increased diversity on fashion runways across the world.

Assessing diversity on the runways in 2014, Campbell said, “It’s a little better… yes there is an improvement, but it could be better.”

“What we have seen an improvement in is advertising,” Campbell added, “We are trying to say, ‘Please do not make this a trend. Can we have this as a solution?'”

Lastly the 43-year-old model revealed that she “still feels nervous on the catwalk,” but has no plans to retire from modeling anytime soon.

The Face is back for a second season on Oxygen with Campbell and two new super model coaches, Anne V and Lydia Hearst.

Why not check out our top 30 favourite Naomi Campbell covers to admire the supermodel’s ageless beauty?



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