Naomi Campbell has allegedly confronted Victoria Beckham about the lack of racial diversity in her shows
Naomi Campbell is one lady who is not scared to mince her words. So when Victoria Beckham unveiled her Autumn Winter 2013 collection back in February, and the catwalk appeared dominated by white models, Naomi Campbell decided to pick up the phone and confront her friend as to why that was the case.
'I called Victoria and I spoke to her. I don't want to pin-point anyone. It isn't a blame game. Everyone's name was on that letter because they'd done it. It could have been completely unintentional. She is one of the designers on there like everyone else.'
The letter Naomi refers to is the one she, and fellow model and campaigner Iman, sent to the fashion designers who they felt were failing to include 'models of colour' in their shows. The letter was sent as part of Naomi, Iman's and former model agent Bethann Hardison's Diversty Coalition - a campaign that aims to highlight racial prejudices in the fashion industry.
'We're not calling them racist, we're saying the act was racist,' Iman said in response to critics at the time. As well as Victoria Beckham, Chanel, Armani and Gucci were just a few of the many designers who were recipients of the letter.
Victoria and Naomi have known one another for a long time, so we're imagining Victoria took Naomi's constructive comments well. Although their relationship famously got off to a rocky start in 2000, the two became close in 2008 when Victoria became involved in Naomi's Fashion for Relief Flood campaign and have remained so ever since.
Speaking about the designer in 2010, Naomi said: 'I love Victoria Beckham's dresses. I've worn many of them before. I've also got her jeans. I love her work and she's a great friend and mother.'
By Olivia Marks