Supermodel Naomi Campbell has lambasted top fashion magazines for avoiding black models in favour of fair-skinned beauties.
The London-born supermodel targeted Vogue in particular for its almost exclusive use of pale-skinned models.
"Black models are being sidelined by the major modelling agencies," Campbell said in an interview reported in The Times.
"It is a pity that people don't appreciate black beauty."
The 37 year old plans to set up a new modelling program in Kenya in an effort to bring greater balance and diversity to glossy magazines.
Campbell is a regular visitor to the Kenyan coast, where her former boyfriend Flavio Briatore owns a hotel.
She has reportedly been impressed by local beauties and sees a market for African faces on the world stage.
Cambell first appeared on the cover of Vogue in 1987 when she was 17 years old — and was one of the first to gain the tag 'supermodel'.
It has been more than five years since she graced the magazine's cover, and she now believes Vogue is reluctant to use black models.
"Even myself, I get a raw deal from my own country in England," she said during interviews at Briatore’s hotel.
"Only white models, some of whom are not as prominent as I am, are put on splash pages.
"I don't want to quit modelling until I find that black models get equal prominence and recognition by the world media and information instruments."
Campbell made headlines earlier this year when she was sentenced to five days community service for throwing her mobile phone at a former employee.
The model settled a separate lawsuit in June after allegations she physically and verbally abused another employee over a year-long period.
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