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L’Oreal drops trans model over controversial comments

French cosmetics giant L'Oreal on Friday confirmed it had dropped a British transgender model over comments the company deemed "at odds with our values," after she was hired as part of a diversity campaign.

L'Oreal drops trans model over controversial comments
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“L'Oreal champions diversity,” the beauty brand said on Twitter. “Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her”.

L'Oreal had tapped Bergdorf — a 29-year-old model, DJ and trans activist whose father is Jamaican — as one of the five newest faces of its #allworthit campaign to introduce the five new shades of its True Match face makeup.

The foundation make-up boasts 28 unique shades ranging from very light to dark brown in a bid to match the myriad different skin tones and textures of people worldwide.

According to British Vogue, Bergdorf was the first transgender woman to be featured in a L'Oreal Paris UK campaign.

But controversy erupted when Bergdorf took to Facebook in a now-deleted post to react to events in the US city of Charlottesville, where a woman was killed on August 12th after an avowed white supremacist rammed his car into a group of anti-racism counter-protesters.

“Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people,” Bergdorf wrote, according to copies posted in British media.

“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 reportedly wrote.

L'Oreal told British media it “remains committed to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers in beauty”.

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French football chiefs to sue over ‘f**k France’ rant

The French Football Federation (FFF) and national team coach Didier Deschamps are suing the British model and partner of player Samir Nasri over her twitter rant in which she said “F**k France and F**k Deschamps”, it was announced on Friday.

French football chiefs to sue over 'f**k France' rant
Anara Atanes has apologised to the French people for her foul mouthed outburst but French football chiefs and Didier Deschamps are suing for "public insult". Photo: YouTube Screengrab

The FFF and Deschamps filed a complaint with a Paris court on Friday over model Anara Atanes’s twitter tirade, which came after her boyfriend Samir Nasri was left out of the French World Cup squad.

Deschamps and the FFF are suing Atanes for public insult and lodged a complaint with the Paris high court as civil parties.

Deschamps said the 41-time capped Nasri didn't fit his need for a squad player for the June 12-July 13 World Cup finals in Brazil, adding that his performances for English Premier League champions Manchester City had been better than those for France.

But after Nasri was left out Atanes took to twitter to voice her outrage tweeting the now infamous words “F**k France and f**k Deschamps! What a shit manager!”

Atanes then went on to slam France as "a nation of racists" in a further tweet which appears to have since been deleted.

By Wednesday the model, was clearly showing some remorse and perhaps regret for blasting a whole nation.

“I apologize if I offended anyone from France, My tweets were not aimed at the nation as a whole,” she said.

For Deschamps and the FFF however the damage seems to have been done.

"The words are insulting and unacceptable and they attack the dignity of the person and function of coach," Didier Deschamps’ lawyer told Le Parisien on Friday.

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