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Iman: Ill-prepared make-up artists should be sacked

Iman: Ill-prepared make-up artists should be sacked

Iman believes make-up artists who aren't equipped to deal with all skin tones should be fired.

The 59-year-old model has weighed into the race debate currently raging within the fashion world. Many models have slammed labels for only choosing white women for their runways and campaigns, with South Sudanese Nykhor Paul one of the most outspoken. She's used Instagram to slam cosmetics artists who ask her to bring her own make-up to shoots, and it's something which Iman - who was born in Somalia - feels strongly about too.

"Now, every line from François Nars' to Iman to Bobbi Brown has a lot of skin tones. So, good for her - the laziness and audacity of those make-up artists!" Iman fumed to The Cut. "It’s not like you didn’t know this model was going to be there. Make-up artists already know. And why shouldn’t you have the foundation - that’s your job. It’s like hiring a painter to come paint your house and he’s forgotten your paint and has to ask for it! You should get fired, you should be fired!"

Tyra Banks and Jourdan Dunn have also spoken out about the issue, with the overriding message that this has a huge impact on black models' self worth. Many feel nervous about speaking up on what they consider to be industry racism, and Iman can understand why.

She has battled with feeling inadequate for much of her life, even though she was one of the most in-demand models around in the 80s.

"I suffer from low self-esteem. I had horrible self-esteem growing up. You really have to save yourself because the critic within you will eat you up," she said. "It’s not the outside world; it’s your interior life, that critic within you that you have to silence. Find something to like about yourself and hold on to that. It’s a constant battle, whether you are 16 or 50."

The star did touch on some lighter things during her interview, including her exercise regime. When she was first modelling she didn't think about working out as she was naturally slim, but as she's aged she's realised it's important.

Unfortunately a foot injury has stopped her doing the kinds of workout she enjoys, which are the very aerobic sort. Her neighbour and friend, fashion designer Brian Atwood, has come up with a novel way to coach her back to her best.

"He sends me shoes just to annoy me, saying, 'When you get better you can wear this,'" she laughed. "So I go and do Pilates three to four times a week. It is very challenging, but I still find it boring."

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