Naomi Campbell claims she was not allowed to enter French hotel 'because of the colour of my skin'
The model told a publication that it is these “shocking moments” that encourage her to continue to “express myself and make myself heard”.
Naomi Campbell, 49, has claimed that she was prevented from entering a hotel in the south of France because of the color of her skin.
The supermodel spoke to Paris Match magazine and said that she was not let into the hotel -- which she declined to name -- during the Cannes Film Festival after a guard told her that it was full. However, other guests were being allowed to enter the hotel, she said.
"I've always wanted people to be treated equally. I was recently in a city in the South of France, where I was invited to participate in an event in a hotel whose name I will not mention," she shared, adding, “They did not want to let us come in, my friend and me, because of the colour of my skin."
"The guy at the entrance pretended that the place was full but he was letting other people in," she added.
The model explained that the word diversity 'didn't exist' when she had started out as a model and told the publication that it is these “shocking moments” that encourage her to continue to “express myself and make myself heard”.
Campbell, who launched the Diversity Coalition campaign in 2013 aimed at addressing racism in fashion, explained that she would always speak up and make herself heard in such situations.
This is not the first time the model has spoken out about racial discrimination she’s experienced. Campbell revealed in April that a “certain country” had refused to run an advertising campaign she was featured in because she is black.
“I’m the face of a new campaign and I was told that because of the colour of my skin a certain country would not use my picture," Campbell told Vogue.
While attending the 2018 CDFA Fashion Awards in New York last year, Campbell revealed how the prejudice and discrimination she has faced has only helped fuel the success of her career.
She explained that she allowed this to drive her but did admit that there were times that she found it difficult not to take it personally.
"But I stand here today as a proud woman of color, I will continue to push for diversity and equality in this industry," she shared.
Recently, Campbell seems to have taken more interest in political and social issues. However, she revealed that she has always been interested in such issues but had not made it public.
"This is equality, why can't a woman do more than one thing. I think it's a time that women are finally getting heard and it's crazy it has taken this long," she shared.