“I’m tired of apologizing for my blackness” – Nykhor Paul
25 year old south Sudanese Ford Model, Nykhor Paul, who has appeared in shows for Calvin Klein and Rick Owens, doesn’t have a problem booking gigs but in dealing with makeup artists.
When she was asked to bring her own makeup to fashion shows one too many times, she took to Instagram on Monday to post an open letter, criticizing “white people in the fashion world.”
The caption reads:
“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?”
“I don’t have to tell y’all that it’s hard out here for a Black girl. If you look to mainstream media, it would seem that we’re all thin, light skin with loose curls or don’t exist at all. A part of our fight for freedom from oppression and equality includes inclusion and representation.”, she emphasizes on the struggle against oppression of blacks.
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