Naomi Campbell says the UK needs to ‘dig up’ racism and ‘deal with it’ head on instead of ignoring the problem.
The supermodel gave her views on systemic racism in an interview to accompany her US Vogue cover.
Reflecting on the ‘racism problem’ in both the American and British media, she said: ‘I’d rather have racism be right in front of my face and know what I’m dealing with, than to have it suppressed.
‘No disrespect to the country I was born in, but we need to dig it up and bring it up and deal with it. No more chucking it down the sides.’
Naomi also talked about becoming more aware of the cultural influence of her actions and words.
‘There were a few things that I would do when I was younger that I was told were bad for my race. Now the things I do are not just for me anymore. I think more of my culture and my race, as opposed to thinking about just me,’ she said.
The London-born model revealed she believes we can get a ‘positive outcome’ from bringing up race issues.
‘I absolutely believe we are going to get the positive outcome we deserve. But we have to do our work in making sure we get it,’ the catwalk star said.
‘I think reparations are important for the people to really see that this is something that’s been taken seriously.’
Naomi previously revealed the racism she has faced throughout her career makes her ‘f**king furious’.
She remembered times where she was mistreated because of her skin colour – and even left off some magazine covers.
‘It makes me f**king furious. Last year I was refused entry to a hotel in the south of France because of my skin colour,’ she told The Times’ weekend supplement.
‘It’s rude. It’s wrong. And there are still certain countries where I don’t appear on the cover of magazines for that same reason.’
Read Naomi’s full interview with Vogue in the November issue out on October 27.
Credit: Original article published here.