Why must a person apologize constantly for her skin colour? It seems the modelling industry still has that thing against dark people…
Top South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul, 25, has taken to social media to rant about unprepared make-up artists at top fashion shows who fail to accommodate for the needs of those with darker skin tones.
The model in an Instagram post blasted the fashion industry for considering the needs of ‘white girls’ but ignoring others, forcing her to carry around her own products. It is not the first time the 5ft 11in African beauty has spoken out about the inequality she has faced, having previously said that we ‘need more models of color in the fashion world’.
In her rant, she also stated that anytime she has to work at a major world fashion week, this make-up artists issue pop ups. Upset about this treatment she faces, Nykhor added that she’s ‘tired of complaining’ and ‘super tired’ of apologising for her blackness.
Read her full instagram post below…
“Dear white people in the fashion world!
Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your s*** 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 [sic] 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 [sic] and do there [sic] 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 [sic] 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, s*** we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it!
Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?”