Teen Vogue may have promoted the idea that the modeling world is more accepting for women of color by introducing three black girls as the new face of fashion, but the politics based on skin complexion are still there.
As most things in the modeling realm the distinction between color is very real. Many models speak on the hardships of booking jobs based on their skin complexions, but we didn’t realize how much it trickled down to the makeup artists at the shows and shoots.
South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul shed a light on the difficulties models with darker complexions face working with industry makeup artists (MUA). Apparently, the norm for women of color is to bring your own products to a professional show or shoot because MUAs don’t give the same respect he or she would give the white models.
“Dear white people in the fashion world!,” she starts off her lengthy open letter on Instagram. “Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf!”
She continues to call out the MUAs who are still narrow-minded despite beauty brands expanding their colors to cater to all complexions.
Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today.[SIC]
She also calls out the lack of professionalism and all the countries that discriminate against color. She ends her lengthy read stating she’s “tired of apologizing” for her blackness before bringing up cultural appropriation and ending it all with a powerful statement and question.
Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, sh*t we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?
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