Naomi Campbell Says French Hotel Refused Her Entry For Being Black
In a recent interview with 'Paris Match', the international supermodel said she and a friend were 'blocked' from entering a hotel in France.
Saying the incident took place at a hotel in the South of France (but refusing to name the hotel in question), Campbell said she and a friend were blocked by a man at the entrance.
Despite being invited to participate in an event at the hotel, Campbell said the man pretended the place was full despite letting other people enter.
The incident was one that reinforced Campbell's campaign to make sure everyone within her industry was treated fairly.
"It is for these kinds of revolting moments that I will continue to speak up and make myself heard," the 49-year-old told the publication.
Campbell was also asked about diversity within the fashion industry, and if it had improved, to which she said she hoped to 'remain optimistic', noting Bethann Hardison as a 'pioneer' when it came to diversity in fashion.
"The word diversity is everywhere today but it did not exist when I started," she said, "I've always wanted people to be treated equally."
Campbell also had advice for new models: "I tell them to never let anyone underestimate their value. You have to be strong and brave in this job."
The hotel incident isn't the first time Campbell has spoken out about racism within the fashion industry.
In April, Campbell told the BBC, "I did a campaign for someone and I was told that one of the countries in Asia won't use the picture because of the colour of my skin.
"But, you know, it doesn't stop me. That's just another country that has to be shown that is ignorant and that is not the way of the world right now on the global scale," she said.
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