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Naomi Campbell said she was ready to be the “token black person in the room.”

Naomi Campbell. Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP / Shutterstock

Naomi Campbell is ready to see a real change in the fashion industry.

When virtually stopping by a Watch what happens live with Andy Cohen on Tuesday, July 28, the 50-year-old supermodel addressed Anna Wintourrecent statement to the staff of Fashion.

For a little refresh, in June at the height of the George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, Condé Nast’s artistic director emailed employees an apology for ‘hurtful’ and ‘intolerant’ behavior at Fashion, adding that they could improve black creatives better.

When the Bravo host asked British beauty what she thought of this on Tuesday night, she replied that she thinks things are going to change.

“Everyone always thought you liked being the symbolic black person in the room,” she said. “It is quite the opposite. I never did it. And it has to change from the boardroom to the chair. It has to continue from above. ‘

She continued, “I’ve been saying this for years, so I’m really grateful and happy that this is finally happening. The way it had to come, that people lose their lives, it’s very sad and my condolences to each of those victims; parents of those people who are gone but this had to be done. This change had to happen. ‘

The model has certainly done more than just opening its doors to people of color in the industry, making history left and right as a black woman. As late as 2019, she became the first woman of color to receive the Fashion Icon Award at the British Fashion Awards.

“I heard today that I am the first woman of color to receive this award,” she said during a tearful acceptance speech, calling the whole event an “outer experience.”

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