Gucci was under fire for their culturally insensitive sweater, but Naomi Campbell doesn’t think the Italian luxury brand meant to intentionally disrespect black people.
While Dapper Dan didn’t excuse the brand for what they did, he is looking towards a brighter future by joining the team to create opportunities for young Black creatives.
Campbell has joined forces with Dan on the newly formed advisory committee on diversity and inclusion. The supermodel told The Washington Post that people were “foolish” for burning their clothes from Gucci.
“I think it’s ridiculous for people to say they were burning their [Gucci] clothes. Don’t burn your clothes. It wasn’t intentional,” Naomi said.
“On a positive note, there’s a silver lining,” she added, of Dapper Dan’s Changemakers scholarship. “In a lot of countries, football was a way of getting out. Now those interested in fashion and creativity have a way.”
“We will invest important resources to unify and strengthen our communities across North America, with a focus on programs that will impact youth and the African-American community,” Gucci’s CEO and President Marco Bizzarri said in a statement. “I believe in the promise of the next generation, and through our scholarship fund we will also create more opportunities for talented young people of diverse backgrounds to gain access to careers in the fashion industry.”