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Leomie Anderson: 'Black models still aren't accepted'

SPEAKING OUT: British model Leomie Anderson

BRITISH MODEL Leomie Anderson has opened up about her "anger" of being racial discriminated in the modelling industry.

The 22-year-old, who walked the Victoria's Secret fashion show yesterday (Nov 10), told BBC's News Beat that "lighter skinned girls get more work than darker skinned girls".

She added that the fashion industry "has a long way to go especially when it comes to the shade of models".

The stunner said she has noticed some change, but reckons "there's a long way to go" when it comes to giving work to darker skinned models.

"I definitely feel that there has been a lot of improvements in the industry with regards to their use of black models, but I would definitely say that it has a long way to go especially with regards to shade.

"Being a light-skinned model, I feel like they definitely get more work than darker skinned models," she told News Beat.

Though she never has problems in London or New York, where most of her bookings are, she has claimed that she's faced problems with castings in Milan and Paris.

"Milan's still very behind when it comes to using a lot more diversity in their shows. Sometimes they say stuff like 'oh, you know, we're not using any Africans in our shows this season', and I'm like 'eh? what do you mean?'.

"But the thing is it's because they actually just don't know. They're just so behind, it's appalling, yes, but it happens and it's one of those things that you can't hold on to it for too long.

"I can't just hold the anger in for too long or else you know I'd be angry all the time."

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