Model Anais Mali: African-American model told ‘one black girl is enough’

Model Anais Mali attends CFDA and Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration at Spring Studios on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Model Anais Mali attends CFDA and Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration at Spring Studios on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Racism and a lack of diversity in the fashion world have been an ongoing concern – and now, the industry is under even more criticism after another model has shared her troubling experience.

Anais Mali, an up-and-coming super model from the South of France recently talked to fashion website Into the Gloss about some of the racism she experienced overseas.

“This is Paris — black girls don’t work here,” she said the agencies told her. “France is very racist, you don’t see a lot of powerful black people in France—it’s starting but it’s slow-moving.”

Mali moved to New York City at 18 years old and was later signed by Wilhelmina Models. She then went on to star in major high-fashion ads, including David Yurman’s Fall 2013 campaign.

“I feel like the industry is trying to focus more on diversity, but there’s still a long way to go. In Milan, you don’t really see black girls on the runway — it’s sad,” Anais said. “You hear things like, ‘We already have Jourdan [Dunn], one black girl is enough.’ I’m getting good work, I’m happy, but I want to see more black girls.”

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