Your voice could be heard if you speak out. A few days ago, South-Sudanese model, Nykhor Paul, took to her Instagram page to lash out no international makeup artists and the fashion industry in general for their lack of respect and attention to black models.
“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?
But wait a minute aren’t models to be seen and not heard? As the rant goes on, most readers think she is shutting the door before her face. They agreed the way she went about it on social media isn’t the right way. giving an example of black models such as Ataui Deng, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, Alek Wek and Ajuma Nasenyana who are aware of the situation but keep it to them self. In this day of social media craze, will Nykhor be heard?