Supermodel Iman Speaks Up For Diversity
Supermodel Iman didn’t plan on becoming a prominent voice for black models and entrepreneurs, but since it happened that way, she’ll use the pulpit she’s been given.
She hopes her 13-year-old daughter is listening.
Being a good mother and wife (to David Bowie, no less) is a priority. Her businesses come next. But she’ll always have an interest in fashion, the runway, photographers - even the next It bag.
Last month, Iman, veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison and fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell launched the Balance Diversity campaign, which included open letters to organizers of fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan that called out designers whose catwalks were almost entirely white. Later this week, she receives the BRAG Legacy Award for promoting "diversity from a retail point of view." (BRAG is a nonprofit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in retail, fashion and related industries.)
Iman said she’s seen progress on the catwalk during the most recent round of fashion shows, adding that some players in the industry had said they didn’t realize what was happening.
"Someone had to say it," she said. "It’s sort of like with my daughter when I have to scold her. She’s not a bad girl, but did a bad thing."
In a recent interview, Iman talked about taking a stand for diversity, the modeling world and her plans for the future.
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