Naomi Campbell is over the “angry black women” stereotype as well as its convoluted history since the very beginning and while the actress is well known for her stance on discrimination and racism, during a recent interview with Vogue, the trailblazing beauty addressed it in great detail.
Campbell claimed, “Is it now that we have permission to speak? Well, I have always spoken. 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.”
During the course of her interview, Campbell also reminisced upon her 2013 interview with UK channel 4 News and how she was accused of having “anger she so obviously displays.”
The star touched upon that past encounter, claiming, “I remember that very well, I understood exactly what angle [he] was going to come at, and that it would be combative. And I see the things newspapers go for.”
“I see they’d rather write some trash thing that you’ve done, rather than the good that you’ve done. When I was younger it used to upset me, but it doesn’t now — I’m not looking for those validations anymore. But I am still a little skeptical about doing interviews in England.”
“I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team — I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.”
"I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”