London, July 8 (IANS) Indian origin British supermodel Neelam Gill thinks the fashion industry is both racist and elitist.
The Burberry model admits she gets annoyed when people assume she must have a rich family in order to have become a successful model, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
"People don't realise that the industry is not only racist, it's elitist, too. When I first started modelling for Burberry I would read all the comments about me on social media," she said.
"A lot of people assumed I got the job because I had rich parents. I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I'm from Coventry. This job paid for my parents' holiday. It annoys me that people have that perception of models," she added.
And the 22-year-old claims she was told to pretend she came from nearby Leamington Spa instead of Coventry because of the different ideas people have about both places.
She told the new issue of HELLO! Fashion Monthly magazine: "When I first started modelling, people told me to say I was from Leamington, instead of Coventry. But really, what's the point?"