Naomi Campbell masterclass

Naomi Campbell reflects on her early modelling days as a black model. Image: Twitter @naomi

Naomi Campbell promotes diversity through modelling basics

Naomi Campbell’s MasterClass teaches about the basic fundamentals of modelling while promoting diversity.

Naomi Campbell masterclass

Naomi Campbell reflects on her early modelling days as a black model. Image: Twitter @naomi

Naomi Campbell – as reported by The Business of Fashion – is running a streaming platform MasterClass, offering coaching on modelling fundamentals. These include learning how to pose, developing a signature walk, tips on how to find an agent and handling contracts while touching on the issue of diversity in modelling.

The British supermodel — with an impressive catalogue of being the black model with many firsts — will be working with four ethnically diverse London-based models who are new to the industry, as part of the series.

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Other than teachings on the basic fundamentals of modelling, the MasterClass seeks to break down expectations that modelling is an untouchable profession characterised by a glamorous fantasy by inviting participants who don’t fit the industry’s standards .


With a career that spans four decades and her efforts to help the industry become more inclusive, Campbell’s resilience has opened doors for many black models, such as Adut Akech, Majesty Amare and Janet Jumbo, Chanel Iman, Winnie Harlow and Jourdan Dunn.

Campbell recognises the role played by big corporations such as Kering and LVMH in boosting diversity, but the slow churn on diversity poses the question, why did it take so long? Which is why Campbell is not willing to watch things revert back.

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“Even with me till this day, I’m tested as a black model… Nothing surprises me anymore. I’ll put it that way. I always worry that if I get treated like that, then what are the younger generation of models getting?” said Campbell.


The runaway icon says seeing colour and diversity makes her feel like they’ve made progress to what they’ve been speaking about in the past, but she still feels that as someone who has been in the game for so long, it’s her duty to make sure everyone is treated fairly and equals.

During her 40-year career, Campbell has featured on hundreds of magazines covers, such as Vogue. She has worked with luxury brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada — often as the first black model to do so. She was celebrated in 1994 as the first black woman to star in a Prada campaign.

The MasterClass is not only open to models but also people dealing with self-esteem issues are invited to watch.