The fashion industry has a long history of being racist. It’s not often that we see Black faces on fashion runways, in magazines, or wearing “fancy clothes” or makeup. If they ARE seen, it’s because they’re in publications like Ebony, Essence, or the like. Well one Sudanese model by the name Nykhor Paul is fed up with the fashion industry, and she decided to give them a piece of her mind via Instagram this week. Warning: It’s great.
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?
Nykhor isn’t the first to speak out about the lack of diversity and the shameless cultural appropriation in the fashion industry. Legendary models Naomi Campbell and Iman have been saying the same thing for years.
“The absence of people of color on the runways and photography reinforces to our young girls that they’re not beautiful enough, that they’re not acceptable enough,” said Iman, model and wife of David Bowie, to CNN.
This also isn’t the first time Nykhor has spoken out. Apparently, not only is she a model, but she’s an activist!
“In fashion, I represent my country and all the beautiful South Sudanese girls who didn’t get a chance to escape refugee life. If they did have a chance, they’d all be modeling, like me. There is a lack of media coverage. Our goal is to raise awareness by sharing stories as refugees of the world, so others can get an understanding of what we went through. Collectively I feel we can make a difference.”
We need more models of color in the fashion world, and please don’t cover up my natural beauty with all that dead hair. Unless it looks amazing #RefugeeGirl #SouthSudan #WeAreNilotic #modellife #NiloticQueen #akobogirl #BeautyandPeace #Africangirlsrock #onetribe
I’m glad that Nykhor had the balls to call these people out. Now will the “powers that be” actually HEAR her? That remains to be seen.