Supermodel Lily Cole Refuses to Model De Beers
Indian Country Today reports that British supermodel Lily Cole became an ally of Western Shoshone and environmentalists in the ongoing struggle to halt gold and diamond mining, which displaces indigenous peoples worldwide and creates excessive amounts of mining waste and toxins. Like her predecessor Iman, Cole was the face of De Beers, but refused to work for the company after learning that Bushmen were evicted to make way for future diamond mining in Botswana. Joining the supermodels in their refusal to support De Beers are activist Gloria Steinem, actress Julie Christie and model Erin O'Connor. Advocacy group Survival International is leading a campaign to urge De Beers to allow Bushman back onto their tribal lands.