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Naomi Campbell Says She ‘Wouldn’t Be a Model’ Without Gay Men

"I wouldn’t even exist."

This December issue of British Vogue christens Edward Enninful’s sovereignty over the title as editor-in-chief, and he’s commemorating it in a big way.

Naomi Campbell, one of Enninful’s friends, sat down with London Mayor Sadiq Khan for the issue. Their conversation ran the gamut from how London has changed since they’ve grown up, where they both experienced race-based discrimination, to combating recurring discrimination going forward and the pair’s thoughts on the LGBTQ community.

“As far as the LGBT+ communities are concerned, I think it’s a source of embarrassment that I’m the first ever mayor to walk the entire Pride event in London last year,” Khan said.

“God bless you,” Campbell said, “it is embarrassing.” Campbell went on to praise the LGBT+ community, even crediting them for her career’s success, according to Gay Times. “I wouldn’t be a model if it wasn’t for gay men,” she said, “I wouldn’t even exist.”

For Khan’s part, Campbell commended him as a “very vocal advocate for the LGBT+ community and an ally to women.” The pair worried, rightfully so, that the anti-immigration movement snaking across the globe (see: Brexit) was vindicating racists and normalizing discrimination. Sound familiar?

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