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In 2017, racism in the fashion industry is still alive and well.

Victoria's Secret model Leomie Anderson recently shared her experiences facing racism as a Black model. Although she's walked the world's most famous runway, Anderson still has to deal with ignorance. 

Victoria's Secret model Leomie Anderson sounded off on Twitter when she and a few other models of color were suddenly kicked out of a fitting.

"Can't believe I went to a fitting for 8:40am, got put into a line with six white girls, watch their looks get selected then get told...'He can't find anything for you, you can go' along with a tanned Brazilian model. Once he selected a mixed girl with curly hair the quota," Anderson said on Twitter. 

This is yet another case of a model of color voicing their concerns in regards to filling a "quota" for brands. For Fall 2017 Fashion Week, models of color only made up 27.9 % of shows, according to The Fashion Spot's report. Sadly, those were impressive numbers. 

And Anderson is an ESTABLISHED model. She's walked for Victoria's Secret, Jeremy Scott, and Philipp Plein, just to name a few. She most recently appeared in Fenty Beauty's ultra diverse video ad.

It's disappointing that any model of color, especially one that's reached the top like Anderson, STILL has to face ignorance within the industry. Thankfully, she's using her success as a way to shed a light on the ongoing issue, and help other models who are still working their way up.

Anderson also voiced her concerns when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour" show.

"I feel like there have been a lot of situations where Black models have been made to feel like second class citizens during Fashion Week or during their jobs," Anderson told BBC Radio 4.

Black models are definitely few and far between on the catwalk. Many have also shared their stories of makeup artists who don't have the right shades to match them or products for their hair. “I remember when I was younger and I wasn’t saying anything... I’d be going down the runway with my face looking gray... I’d be crying backstage because nobody wanted to do my hair,” Anderson said to BBC Radio 4.

Anderson and other models of color are VERY brave to share their stories, especially at the height of their careers.

Hopefully, Anderson's boldness will call more attention to diversity in the fashion industry, and create the change we need. Representation is SO important — and we definitely need it!