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Naomi Campbell believes criticism led to more black models

JUSTIFIED: Naomi Campbell thinks her criticism of the fashion industry has already had an impact (PA)

NAOMI CAMPBELL said she has already seen a positive impact on the number of black and Asian models on the catwalk.

Her comments come just weeks after she slammed the industry for being more racist now than it was when she started her career in the 1980s.

Speaking at the launch of her new model TV talent show The Face, the supermodel said: “In the past ten days, yes there’s been a huge change in balance diversity. When I say huge, from New York, Milan, London, now Paris is starting.

“For instance, Giorgio Armani had a woman of colour open his show and four women of colour in his show. That’s never ever happened, that I can remember. Jill Sander did. I’m saying names because they did it and I’m very proud and happy.”

However, Campbell added that this current improvement does not mean that the situation no longer requires attention.

“We don’t want this to be a trend; that designers begin using models of colour just because we are raising our voices,” she added.

“We hope they will keep doing it and we’re going to keep raising our voices until they do. It's a long-term plan.”

At the beginning of this month, Campbell teamed up with fellow supermodel Iman to launch the Diversity Coalition campaign.

Their objective is to highlight the “racist act” of having one or no models from different ethnic backgrounds in a catwalk show.

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