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Naomi Campbell Phoned Victoria Beckham About Not Casting Enough Black Models

Friends don't let friends be racist.

Racism--both on the runway and in retail--is a hot button issue in fashion right now, and Naomi Campbell is taking it upon herself to make things right.

According to the Daily Mail (via The Mirror), the supermodel--who's heavily involved in Bethann Hardison's Diversity Coalition--wasn't pleased that her friend Victoria Beckham used primarily white models in her Spring 2014 show, enlisting just one Asian model and one black model for runway duty.

Not one to sit on the sidelines, Campbell personally phoned Beckham to warn her that she was on the Diversity Coalition's list of offending design houses, to be sent to the governing bodies of the fashion industries in New York, London, Milan, and Paris--and to frankly discuss the issue one-on-one.

"I called Victoria and I spoke to her. I don't want to pin-point anyone. It isn't a blame game. Everyone's name was on that letter because they'd done it," Campbell said, adding that Beckham's oversight of casting black models "could have been completely unintentional."

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Time will tell if Campbell's message resonated with Beckham (and hopefully the rest of the industry). But one thing's for sure--it's probably better to be on that end of the phone with the notoriously fiery supe than, well, the other one.