Lola Ogunyemi black Model who appeared in Dove ad says it was not racist

A black model who appeared in a Dove advert denounced as racist by many social media users has defended the clip, saying that far from belittling black women it celebrated ethnic diversity.

Lola Ogunyemi unwittingly found herself at the centre of an international furore over a 3-second video posted on Dove’s US Facebook page which showed her removing her T-shirt to reveal a white woman, who then took hers off to reveal an Asian woman.

“I don’t feel it was racist,” she said in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday.

Many Facebook and Twitter users said the clip signalled that white people were cleaner or more beautiful than black people and likened it to 19th century soap adverts that showed black people scrubbing themselves to become white.