Naomi Campbell: 'Diversity conversation never stops'
Naomi Campbell hopes people can view diversity as a conversation rather than "a fight".
The British supermodel continues to be one of the most in-demand names in fashion, after establishing herself in the late '80s and the '90s.
But one topic which continues to concern Naomi is the lack of diversity within the fashion business.
The 46-year-old says she feels the need to constantly remind industry leaders that "diversity is beautiful" and that equal opportunity schemes should be established. "For me, it never stops," she told Time.com. "It’s not a fight, it’s a conversation... It never stops because you say it and they say that they listen, and it seems to take two steps backwards."
Naomi has just collaborated with Edward Enninful on a short film entitled The Seven Deadly Sins of Edward Enninful, designed to mark the fashion editor and stylist's 25 years in the industry. In the film, Edward's supermodel muses each depict a different sin, from Kate Moss to Jourdan Dunn. And of course, Naomi features prominently into the mix, appearing not just as "Pride," but as "Black Pride."
"Some roles I knew right away. Black pride - there was really only one person that could capture that and that was Naomi," said Edward of the casting. To which Naomi responded that she is pleased with the way in which she remained true to her identity throughout the heyday of her career and wouldn't change anything "in a million years".
"The respect from the people in the industry that matter is important to me and I do think I have that. No one can take that away from me. Nothing’s ever come easy to me and nothing ever will and that’s okay. I’m used to that. I go with the challenges. I roll with the punches," she smiled.