Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesNaomi Campbell slays in the new issue of The Guardian where, in a wide-ranging interview, she opens up about the importance of diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry.
Campbell, who considers herself a true advocate for diversity, says not everyone — including some of her friends — understands why she’s so passionate about leveling the playing field.
“I feel a difference on many levels now — but someone I know recently called it a ‘cult,’” she told the paper. “It wasn’t that way when you had everything, was it? You wouldn’t say that when you were getting everything handed on a plate, and things were coming your way constantly.”
“I’m the kind of person where, with my friends — and I take that word very seriously — I’m happy for what they get,” she continued. “So to hear this called a ‘cult’, that was like, ‘Wait a second: so you want me to feel bad now that things are turning the other way?’ No. We just want balance, end of story.”
Campbell explains that the balance she is looking for isn’t just for people of color.
“I won’t do an all-black show, for instance, because it would be hypocritical given what I’ve stood for, for so long…Balanced inclusion,” she said.
In fact, the supermodel says she even turned down “tons of money” when she was asked to be a part of an all-black cast.
“I can see clearly when brands want diversity because they get it and think it’s the right thing to do — and the ones who just think it will look bad if they don’t,” she said.
However, it’s important to note that Campbell did lend her talents to the predominately black cast of FOX’s Empire in a guest starring role during season one.
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