Kiko Milano accused of sending casting email asking for 'no ethnics'

Beauty brand Kiko Milano denied reports in Nylon Magazine today alleging casting representatives on their side sent out an email looking for models and specifying ‘no ethnic’.

The email, which was sent to Nylon by a would-be whistleblower, allegedly came from a modelling agency casting for a Kiko Milano shoot with photographer Alvaro Beamud Cortes.

It read: ‘The models must NOT be placed in Milan. Only younger than 25 years old. No ethnic models.’

Other quotes from the same email read that the model must be a ‘universal beauty, not ethnic,’ with capitalised and bolded letters later reading ‘NO DIASTEMA’ and, once again, ‘NO ETHNICS’.

It continued: ‘Wonderful skin, beauty oriented. It’s extremely important that she doesn’t have nose or lips retouched by surgeon. The brief is always the same: Caucasic, Mediterranean, blonde, brown, and black hair.’

Kiko has contested the legitimacy of the emails leaked to Nylon.

In a statement, a spokesperson wrote: ‘At KIKO we are categorically against any form of racism and discrimination, and we have taken your article and the claims very seriously.

‘After a thorough investigation on this today, we can state that at no point did KIKO request for a “no-ethnic” model. We have done an exhaustive internal review of all our communications to verify this. We did request to the producer for a mediterranean and a universal beauty, this part is correct.’ has contacted Kiko Milano for further comment on the matter, and will update this article when we receive a reply.

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