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?
When I read things like this, I remember Iman saying in an interview how when she started modelling she had to mix her own foundation and bring it to modeling gigs. That was in the 70’s and it’s 2015. Model and activist Nykhor Paul has a right to be pissed. With all the brands that cater to women of color of all shades that exist in today’s beauty market, makeup artists still only bring enough to accommodate skin of the lighter variety.
This is what Bethann Hardison has been talking about. In a previous post, I wrote on how Bethann is advocating for more diversity in the modelling industry. And, how slights like wanting only one black girl or not bringing the right shade of foundation to accommodate the one black girl is unconsciously racist. I say unconsciously, because I believe most people are just ignorant and have no idea of the severity of their actions. Everyone in some way has been subtly brainwashed and manipulated by white patriarchal American society. And, it’s up to us WOKE people to continue to question and speak out against racial slights. Even the small stuff.