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?- Instagram
It wasn’t just about an Instagram post with over 18,000 likes that gave Nykhor the courage to write about the exclusion darker complexion models have to deal with in the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul who is a very vocal model knows it is the paranoia of their blackness that turned her post into conversation of institutionalized racism once again. Wikipedia defines Institutionalized racism as:
“Institutional racism is any system of inequality based on race. It can occur in institutions such as public government bodies, private business corporations (such as media outlets), and universities (public and private)”.
Paul has been modeling ever since she was 17 full time as a model, when you check her resume she has worked for Louis Vuitton, covered Elle South Africa, walked for Haider Ackermann, Vivienne Westwood, Rick Owens and done campaigns for Calvin Klein, Balenciaga,and Diane von Furstenburg. Since the beginning of her modeling career Nykhor had to deal with make-up artist applying colors that did not compliment her complexion complaining. She would have to deal with make up artist who did not bring a palette to match her complexion.Instaed the artist including her own black model friends suggest she had to start bringing her own make up to shows if she wanted to keep working. After not begin able to afford the make up in 2010 she stopped bringing makeup because she had other financial obligations than to have to deal with buying expensive makeup that artist were educated in selecting.This exclusion lead her to stop wearing make up altogether several times in her career. Paul has admit the industry is making progress but as Naomi Campbell and Iman have advocated over the years there still needs to be more racial makeup diversity on the runway.