Tuesday, July 7, 2015

South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul Called Out The Fashion Industry For Being Racist

Nykhor posted this image to Instagram along with a caption calling out the fashion industry for ignoring and devaluing darker skin tones:

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?
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It's great that she is calling out the fashion industry and makeup artist about the carelessness and total disregard for women with dark skin tones. Why  does she have to bring her own foundation to a fashion show, or photoshoot? There are paid makeup artist present, does a surgeon show up to work without a scalpel? Everything in her statement on her instagram is what needs to be said! 

What do you think about Nykhor Paul calling out the fashion industry for being racist? 

By Queen
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Queen is a 30 something woman from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. Follower her on twitter  @TheQueenSpeaks_ or instagram @TheQueenspeaks_    

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  1. It is totally unprofessional for makeup artists to come to work without the appropriate tools to suit everyone's needs. It is no excuse to say they don't know...Learn. They should know what models are working on a shoot and be prepared. It is simply not right. She spoke her truth and she had the right to do so. Times are getting better and better for people who look like us and it's way overdue. Everyone needs to get it together. They should be embarrassed that she and other models like her have to bring their own makeup to a shoot. Hopefully her voice will totally change things for Black women in that industry.


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