Racism reared its ugly head on the catwalk of the London Fashion show as a black model was allegedly humiliated and heckled by photographers and audience members.
The model Brenda Beaux said she was subjected to yells and shouts of “Move!” and “Get off!” as she modelled outfits by British designer Pam Hogg
The rising star from Surrey said she felt deeply humiliated and was reduced to tears even as she strutted on the catwalk.
“It was almost as if they planned it”, she said. “how they all started shouting “go” at the same time in an angry way”
I have never felt such hate towards me in my life. I almost burst into tears on the runway then I remembered that I was working so I carried on like nothing had happened. I just had to be strong enough to get back down the runway and when I did, I just started crying”
The leggy model also said fewer photographs were taken of her than of her white colleagues.
She said she believed she was singled out because she is black.
The designer whose outfits Brenda was showcasing was reportedly furious when she heard what happened and apologised to the model. “She was very nice to me and said she wanted me back for her next show” said the model.
Ms Hogg said “Whether or not brenda had been picked on, the yelling had been unacceptable. A gorgeous girl was left feeling singled out because of her colour”
Fashion Scout who staged the event denied it was racism saying photographers had yelled at her to move so they could get clearer shots of another model behind her
“They have however been asked to show more respect”