Naomi Campbell Recalls How Racist Hotel Turned Her Away

Naomi Campbell

While many people (myself included) cannot understand in what universe someone turns Naomi Campbell away, apparently it actually happened.

The British supermodel, in an interview with the Root, recalled how she was turned away from a hotel in France because of her skin colour.

She neglected to say the name (probably because that might just end that hotel permanently), but she did call the experience revolting.

“I was invited to participate in an event in a hotel whose name I will not mention,” she said

“[They] did not want to let my friend and I in because of the color of my skin. The guy at the entrance pretended that the place was [full]. But he let other people pass.”

“It’s because of revolting moments like this one that I’ll continue to express myself and make myself heard,” she added.

Naomi Campbell has been an activist for equality especially in the fashion space and is credited as being one of the first true supermodels of color.

She has had an illustrious career that has spanned almost 3 decades, but it wasn’t always like that, admitting that when she first started, “I had only one idea in my mind: to discover America. I had seen so many movies! For a first trip, we went back from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, then Alabama, Mississippi, and Pensacola, Fla. For a young black girl, discovering the southern United States was a very intense experience.”

This isn’t to say Naomi Campbell isn’t without controversy and feuds. She was in the past accused of assaulting people who worked for her and for years she was feuding with fellow model Tyra Banks who even recounted that period in a recent interview.

“It wasn’t a rivalry, and I’m very sensitive to that word because a rivalry is with two equals to me, whereas one was very dominant,” Tyra explained.

“She was a supermodel and I was just some new girl that got on a plane from Paris, and was studying fashion in magazines at a fashion library. I had a very painful early days in Paris. As much as I was booking every single fashion show, people didn’t know I was going home at night crying my eyes out because a woman that I was looking up to seemed like she just didn’t want me to be there, and was doing everything in her power to make me go away.”

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