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Dated: 24/10/07

NAOMI CAMPBELL IS to open her own modelling agency, as she feels black models are still sidelined in favour of white women. The supermodel will set up her agency in Kenya, to scout for new African faces to grace the international catwalks. Speaking to the Times this weekend, Campbell claimed, 'Black models are being sidelined by the major modelling agencies. It is a pity that people don't appreciate black beauty.' Campbell cited her own experiences, and claimed that British Vogue particularly favoured white faces, 'Even myself, I get a raw deal from my own country in England. For example, I hardly come on the front pages of the London Vogue magazine. Only white models, some of whom are not as prominent as I am, are put on splash pages.' Though African models such as Alek Wek and Iman have found fame on the international modelling scene, Campbell wants to add a more balanced cultural look to fashion's catwalks. With her new aim in place, she stated, 'I don't want to quit modelling until I find that black models get equal prominence and recognition by the world media and information instruments.'