A History of Racism in Fashion

Elite Modeling Management Racial Slurs Caught On Tape

Year: 1999

In a bizarre twist of fate, top executives at Elite Model Management, which then counted Naomi Campbell amongst its biggest assets, were caught on film using racial slurs and talking about how Africa would be a much better place if it were full of white people. In one instance, an executive said Milan would never accept "a black or Oriental" model working the runway. The offending tape was aired by the BBC and marred Elite's reputation.

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