July 13, 2015

Unapologetically Black

South Sudanese Ford model Nykhor Paul wrote a heated open letter to ill prepared makeup artists on her Instagram last Monday. The picture above was paired with this caption:

"Dear white people in the fashion world! 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! 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 LancĂ´me and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones.Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?” 

Nykhor was scouted when she was 14-years old and started modeling full time when she turned 17. Nykhor has modeled for some of the top names in the industry yet still after 10 years, makeup artists don't have the right powder and foundation for her skin tone. Personally, I find this offensive and I am not even in the fashion industry (yet). As a makeup artist, your medium is the human body. You know how to do a really pale skin girl but can't figure out how to get to the other side of the spectrum? I am so happy that Nykhor is vocalizing her frustration. It's been time to stop apologizing for being black. 

What are your thoughts on Nykhor's open letter? Leave a comment and let me know! And as always, Stay Profashional. xoxo


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