As you guys may know I am commercial model in New York City and when I read this story it broke my heart. It's hard enough trying to be competitive with a room full of beautiful & talented women but when faced with racism in this day and age, it's really a sad state of affairs.
In an article with UK newspaper Daily Mail, Carol White, who is super model Naomi Campbell's former agent, says, "At the high end, it is slightly better now. But in the mid-range -- the catalogues, the e-commerce websites -- it is difficult. They want girls who are ethnic, but light-skinned girls. If a girl is very dark, they say no."
What the what? How is this even allowed in 2011? I know you all have heard about John Galliano's racist Jewish rant a few months ago but a blatant acceptance of racism in this day and age seems absurd. I applaud Carol White for speaking out on this issue, it needs to addressed. The fashion industry should be about inclusion and not exclusion.