Sadiq Khan & Naomi Campbell: “Brexit could lead to a talent drain in Britain”

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Sadiq Khan with Naomi Campbell: David Burton/Vogue
In an interview for British Vogue, Sadiq Khan and Naomi Campbell both expressed concerns that Brexit could lead to a ‘talent drain’.

The supermodel interviewed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for the December issue of British Vogue, the first to be edited by Edward Enninful.

In the candid interview, the pair, who were both born in 1970 and grew up in London, admitted that the institutional racism they faced drove them to succeed.

When Campbell asked Mr Khan what Britain’s biggest challenges were in relation to Brexit, he replied: “The obstacles [it would] put in the way of talent coming here. And what’s the secret of every great city in the world? Talent.”

“One of the things I try to explain to the British government is this: even if you don’t understand the reason fashion and culture is important to the city we live in, there’s an economic case for it,” he explained.

“One in six jobs in London is in the creative industries. And you know what the biggest part of the creative industries is? Fashion.

It contributes tens of billions of pounds to our economy.

You don’t want to create a situation where talented people feel that the only way to fulfill their potential is by leaving.

Or for talented people overseas to not want to come here.”

Naomi went onto quiz Sadiq on being a vocal advocate for women’s rights and the LGBT + community.

He explained: “I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting discrimination and inequality, but when I became the father of two daughters it power-charged me into doing even more.”

“In London today, the most progressive city in the world, women earn on average 12 per cent less than men. That can’t be right…”

“As far as the LGBT+ communities are concerned, I think it’s a source of embarrassment that I’m the first ever mayor to walk the entire Pride event in London. Last year,” he told her.

“I wouldn’t be a model if it wasn’t for gay men,” Campbell responded. Adding: “I wouldn’t even exist.”

The December issue of British Vogue marks Edward Enninful’s first as Editor-in-Chief.

Entitled Great Britain, it features Adwoa Aboah on its cover alongside Victoria Beckham, Grace Coddington, Millie Bobby Brown, Christopher Bailey, Skepta and Jourdan Dunn amongst others.

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