Model Nykhor Paul Has A Message For The Fashion Industry's Make-Up Artists
Racism is manifested in several ways. For runway model Nykhor Paul and many other black models, one of the ways it is demonstrated is through the lack of professionalism from make-up artists who fail to show up to work, essentially unprepared! Nykhor expresses her frustration below:
“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?”
It is not the first time we hear of the blatant racism that exists within the fashion world and we know it won't be the last time, unfortunately. In the meantime speaking out against the actions of those who are an active part of the industry and holding them accountable will positively contribute to mitigating the issue itself and hopefully, in a lifetime close by, put an end to the issue of racism in fashion.