LONDON RESPONDS: The British Fashion Council wasted little time in responding to charges of racial discrimination on London runways. BFC spokeswoman Gemma Ebelis e-mailed The Diversity Coalition Thursday, according to Bethann Hardison, the activist and former model championing the campaign.

“While the British Fashion Council does not organize model castings for London Fashion Week, as its governing body, we assert that all participating designers should recognize that London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and should consider reflecting this demographic at their shows and presentations,” Ebelis wrote. “Model representation and welfare is extremely important to us and I would be very happy to meet with you to discuss things further if you wish.”

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Hardison, whose group contacted the respective governing bodies of fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris alleging racism on the runways, said she is game to speak to all and any of the powers that be. As for those who have yet to respond to the letters, which were not signed by an individual, she said, “It was sent by e-mail. You hit reply. That’s just common sense to me.”

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