Model Munroe Bergdorf Faces Transphobic And Racist Backlash After Joining L’Oreal Diversity Board

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Munroe Bergdorf attends the International Woolmark Prize 2020 during London Fashion Week February 2020 at Ambika P3 on February 17, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Woolmark)

Model Munroe Bergdorf Faces Transphobic And Racist Backlash After Joining L’Oreal Diversity Board

She recently joined L’Oreal’s United Kingdom diversity board.

Published June 12th

Days after transgender model Munroe Bergdorf announced she joined L’Oreal’s United Kingdom diversity board, she has received racist and transphobic comments.

On Wednesday (June 10), the 32-year-old took to Instagram and spoke out about the onslaught of hateful words she’s received, adding that the comments always increase “every time something positive happens in my career.”

“They can’t stand it. It isn’t as simple as speaking up," Bergdorf wrote. “It comes with a cost to our mental health and physical safety.”

RELATED: ‘Little’ Screenwriter Speaks Out After The Film Faces Backlash Over Transphobic Joke

She continued: “But I refuse to let sad little boys who get their kicks from harassing other human beings on the internet, take this moment from me again. If your identity requires making other people feel small to make you feel powerful, you have bigger concerns than me.”

In 2017, Bergdorf was fired by the cosmetics brand after writing a Facebook post that called out systematic racism. After announcing she had rejoined the company, the verbal backlash escalated.

“White folk — Please bear in mind that this is what many black activists and trans activists’ inboxes look like,” she concluded. “This is why we need you to be doing the work also. This is why allyship is a necessary component of anti-racist work.”

The New York Daily News reports that on Tuesday, Delphine Viguier, L’Oreal Paris’ brand president, said Bergdorf had agreed to serve as a consultant after an “honest, transparent and vulnerable” conversation.

See Munroe Bergdorf’s Instagram post here.

Photo: Joe Maher/Getty Images for Woolmark

COMMENTS

Latest in celebs

GET READY FOR ELECTION DAY

NOVEMBER 3, 2020

#RECLAIMYOURVOTE

VOTE
0

days

00HRS
00MIN
00SEC