10 Models Tell Us What It’s Like To Be Black In The Fashion Industry

    What Would Naomi Campbell Do?

    by · February 28, 2017

    In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called UNAPOLOGETIC. Every day, we’ll celebrate different aspects of black culture through profiles, interviews, roundtables, reviews, videos, and op-eds. #Blacklivesmatter and we hold that truth to be self-evident.

    Diversity is a big word in fashion right now, but it can be hard to tell sometimes just how committed the industry is to making changes. (See: the Karlie Kloss geisha editorial in Vogue's Diversity Issue.) And when it comes to modeling, while there's no doubt we've seen increased representation of a variety of races and ethnicities, there's still a long way to go before achieving anything resembling an accurate reflection of the myriad people out there. And let's not forget that breaking into the modeling industry is hard no matter what—and it's long been much more challenging to do so as a person of color. To see what the state of the industry is really like, we spoke to 10 black models at different stages in their careers to learn more about their experiences. Here's what they had to say in the gallery, below.


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