Last month Numero magazine caught heat for publishing photos, again, of a white model in blackface. Outrage ensued, naturally. In response to the objections, the French magazine issued a statement/apology to HuffPo that said, in short, they weren’t racist because two of their best friends were black.One friend was Naomi Campbell. The other is Fernando Cabral, above.
Numéro Magazine considers that it has regularly demonstrated its deep attachment to the promotion of different skin-colored models. For instance, the next issue of Numéro for Man on sale on 15th march has the black model Fernando Cabral on the cover page, and the current Russian edition’s cover of our magazine features the black model Naomi Campbell on its cover. This demonstrates the completely inappropriate nature of the accusations made against our magazine, deeply committed to the respect for differences, tolerance and more generally to non-discrimination.
Yup, Numéro is not racist cuz it has not one but two black “friends”. Cabral is from Guinea but is based in Portugal. His brother Armando is also a model.