Yesterday, South Sudanese model, Nykhor Paul, posted a strong message on Instagram to makeup artists about working with black skin on photoshoots. Her complaint? Makeup artists are showing up on sets without makeup that matches hers and other black models skin tones or they are asking the models to come their own foundation. Her full post says,
"Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don't take this the wrong way but it's time you people get your *** 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 Lancôme 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 [sic] 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, *** we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can't we be part of fashion fully and equally?"
She makes a great point! As a beauty professional, it's your job to make sure that whoever is sitting in the chair feels comfortable and special, no matter what the gig or who the client is. Take a moment to think about your kit and what you can do to make sure you come to every job fully prepared.
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