Premier Model Agency founder Carole White has attacked magazine editors for not using more coloured models:
“…it’s always about sales and the idea that blue eyes and blonde hair sells. I’m not sure I believe that. If fashion editors were a bit braver and tried out black, Asian and Chinese models, our eyes would be easier on that look.
“They don’t give the opportunities to these girls. Given that there are so many variations of skin, particularly in London, it’s a backward step being taken if no one is brave enough to give ethnic girls a chance.”
White addresses the issue in an interview with Arifa Akbar in today’s Independent. The article makes it clear that she believes the women’s magazine industry is part of the problem, despite the defence of Vogue by Alexander Shulman.