Iman: "If you don't use black models, then we boycott"

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The supermodel wants to take drastic action ahead of Fashion Week...

Iman in red dress at 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York

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With Fashion Week just around the corner, supermodel Iman is speaking out against racism within the industry and the lack of black on models on designer runways.

In an interview with the New York Times, which reports that the number of black models seen at New York Fashion Week has dropped from 8.2% in 2012 to just 6%, Iman suggested we all take some radical action.

"It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don't use black models, then we boycott," the model said of fashion brands and designers.

"If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar."

With brands as big as Dior being accused of shunning black models once again at the AW13 show earlier this year, and casting agent James Scully commenting, "I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I almost can't even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast," the issue is clearly on the minds of many.

So with discussions starting early rather than after the Fashion Week shows, will we see progress on the runway this season?

Though Iman is hopeful, she also appears to be somewhat sceptical, "We have a President and a First Lady who are black.

"You would think things have changed, and then you realise that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards."

What do you think of Iman's comments? Is a boycott the best way?

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