Renowned supermodel, Naomi Campell has called out Hello!, a fashion and lifestyle publications London magazine, criticising them for presenting a “completely whitewashed” London.
Speaking at the One Young World summit in the Netherlands, Campbell spoke about how she’d seen a copy of the magazine in her hotel room and was shocked by its representation of the capital.
“I picked up a Hello! magazine today and if I was not from London I would think ‘My god, London is completely whitewashed’,” she told Press Association.
“That’s what it sells you, it’s awful. London is one of the most diverse cities and cosmopolitan cities in the world and we have a huge diversity of people. I was shocked. I was just like ‘wow’.”
The model praised close friend and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, for bringing diversity to fashion magazines since replacing former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.
“It’s (his editorship) uniting a whole different culture of people and innovations, and young people coming together and speaking out and I hope that it continues,” she said.
Using Enninful as an example, Campbell described the fashion industry’s shift towards diversity as “better late than never,” adding that this season’s runways showed a marked improvement, with designers casting models of a wide range of ethnicities.