Naomi Campbell, Vogue and the photo that caused a backlash

Naomi Campbell, Vogue and the photo that caused a backlash
From BBC - August 23, 2017

Naomi Campbell has criticised the lack of diversity among the staff at British Vogue under its previous editor.

The supermodel posted the magazine's last staff photo, which featured no black faces among the 55-strong team.

It was taken before Edward Enninful took the reins as the magazine's first black editor earlier this month.

"Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor," Campbell wrote on Instagram.

Broadcaster and commentator Edward Adoo said the Vogue staff photo looked like a snapshot of "very old school Britain".

He told BBC News: "It seemed there was no room for anyone else. It seemed like the Sloanies' club. In the whole fashion industry, the mainstream element feels very middle class, very white, very controlled, and there needs to be some kind of breakthrough.

"I think Edward Enninful is a step in the right direction. He's black, he's gay and he reaches out to different people, and I think that's what's needed."

Campbell has the status to speak out, whereas younger models have less power, Adoo said.

"For Naomi Campbell to say it, it would certainly silence the critics because of her calibre and status.


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