A transgender former L’Oreal Paris model, Munroe Bergdorf, has been asked to sit on an LGBT+ advisory board by shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler.
Last year Bergdorf made headlines when she called on people to boycott L’Oreal after being sacked over a Facebook post responding to the killing of an anti-racism demonstrator who was opposing a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville in the United States with controversial comments.
The model wrote: “Honestly I don’t have the energy to talk about the racial violence of white people anymore. Yes, ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***… Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk.”
The model later clarified her comments in an interview with the Guardian, saying she had written an “epic three-parter” on how “racism is a social structure and how, if this is the case, what can you do to combat racism?”
She said her mother was angry about her post, telling the newspaper: “That was an awful conversation. I’m half-white. My mum thought I was lumping her in with everyone, but this isn’t about individuals.