Model Nykhor Paul is putting the fashion industry in their place by telling the honest truth about what goes on behind the seen of fashion shoots and runways. When one thinks of modeling and what it looks like behind stage one would imagine a room filled with various clothes, styles, hairdressers, and makeup artist with more makeup than a hundred Sephora and M.A.C stores. According to Paul, that is not the case. For a while now, this talented model who has walked in shows for brands including Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, and Louis Vuitton, has had to deal with bringing her own makeup supplies to the runway.
Why would a person being paid to walk in a show have to come with something other than themselves? Oh, it’s because the makeup artist don’t have a color that is correct for her skin tone. Makeup artists whose job it is to come prepared and do the models makeup. How can a makeup artist not have makeup?
It is pretty much the same thing as the fashion designer showing up and having no clothes. The South Sudanese model, just like other dark-skinned models in the industry have been dealing with the lack of diversity on the runway and in the fashion world as a whole. So for the past few days on her Instagram account, @nykhor, the beautiful ebony skinned model has been addressing the captions to her post to “white people in the fashion world.”
By reading her captions you can really understand where her anger and frustration with the fashion industry is coming from. Racism in this industry is a serious issue that should be addressed by everyone apart of it. Nykhor Paul’s statements are blunt not at all caring about a negative reaction they could possibly get, as they should be.
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?
She stated in one of her posts, “Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show and 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.” She makes valid points that there are several make up brands that carry a wide range of shades that makeup artists like Sir John and Nick Barose agrees with, “When I first started there weren’t a lot of choices, but if [makeup artist] ike Kevyn Aucoin and Francois Nars were able to do it in the ‘90s and make every skin tone look good, now we’re in 2015.
You can go to Armani, Lancome, L’Oreal, Make Up For Ever, and pretty much find everything from the fairest to the darkest [shades]. It’s your job as a makeup artist to find something that work,” stated Barose. One of the reasons makeup artist probably do not come prepared to makeup shows with all the appropriate makeup is because they are so used to the majority of the models being caucasian, with a rare token “ethnic” model. So do they think why come prepared if it’s only for one person?
The lack of dark-skinned models on the runway and the lack of people the fashion industry being accustomed to multiple different colored women can make these women feel inferior and not as important as their counterparts. “People have to be real about the world we live in. It’s a really, really racist and segregated world. Nobody wants to take the time to be like, ‘Okay, these Black girls are really going through something, let’s see what their perspective and their point of views [are],” states Paul, “All women are beautiful in their own skin whether you are black, white, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or Indian, Beauty is diverse and it deserved to be appreciated and honored by true artist who are free of prejudice or racism.”
Nykhor Paul statements should be the obvious, but clearly the obvious is hard for some to grasp in this industry. Let’s just hope that along with Paul, other people continue to speak up about this inequality until people get the point so the fashion industry can be seen as equal.
[via Refinery 29]