Beauty: Melanin Queen Nykhor Paul is tired of apologizing for her blackness.
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. Nykhor Paul, a 25 year old model took to Instagram earlier this week to let the makeup artists in the fashion industry that she is tired of always apologizing for her blackness because they do not have the right shade of makeup for her. It is tough being a black woman in the American culture but it is even tougher beinga black woman in the fashion industry. You look at the models walking down runways and you would think that there is only one black model in the whole industry. As Paul says in her post, until designers, photographers, booking agents and makeup artists begin to see physical difference as an asset rather than an inconvenience, they will struggle to attain anything resembling genuine artistry.
Here is what her caption read:
“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 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 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?”
Look at all that beauty. I will have more of her work Backstage.
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