Naomi Campbell reveals racist incident at French hotel. Naomi Campbell revealed that she was recently turned away from a hotel in France because of her skin colour.
Per The Root, the supermodel said that she was invited to attend an event at a hotel in the south of France around the time of the Cannes Film Festival but she and her friend were denied entry ‘because of the colour of my skin’.
Campbell refused to name the hotel and explained that: “This guy at the door made out that the place was full, but he was letting other people in.”
She continued: “It’s because of revolting moments like this one that I’ll continue to express myself and make myself heard. The word diversity is everywhere today, but it didn’t exist when I started. I always wanted to be treated equally. Don’t believe that that goes without saying – the challenge is constant.”
Campbell spoke candidly earlier this year about experiencing racism in the fashion industry since starting out as a young model.
During the Conde Nast Luxury Conference in Cape Town, she said: “I used to have to fight for the same fee as my [white] counterparts doing the same job.”
Her fellow models and friends Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista actively called out such treatment and risked ‘jeopardising their own careers’ by insisting designers who ‘were not into even thinking of using a model of colour at that time’ did so.
Over the past few years, Campbell has teamed up with fellow game-changing models Iman and Bethann Hardison to address and fight racism in the industry, with Iman telling Harper’s Bazaar: “I think we’re seeing the change on the runways and in campaigns.”
Naomi Campbell reveals racist incident at French hotel