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South Sudanese Model Nykhor Paul has had enough!

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Nykhor Paul, 25 is tired of apologizing for her blackness and has had enough of the racism in the fashion industry. In an emotionally fuelled post on  Instagram, Paul blasts makeup artists for neglecting professionalism by being ill prepared at shows and not catering for the black skin.

“Dear white people in the fashion world!” starts the post,

“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”

It’s 2015, she states before urging makeup artists to go to MAC, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Iman Cosmetics, Black Opal, Lancôme and Clinique.

“There’s so much options out 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, 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 apologising 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?”

In an interview in 2013, African-American model Chanel Iman voiced that she herself had experienced racism, “A few times I got excused by designers who told me, ‘We already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore.’ I felt very discouraged. When someone tells you, ‘We don’t want you because we already have one of your kind,’ it’s really sad.”

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Racism has always shown it’s ugly face in the fashion world. Although there are more and more black models joining the fashion industry at international level, the attitude of the once white dominated fashion world has not changed, even though we are in 2015 as Paul rightly stated, and the first family of the United States of America is black.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk is a Zimbabwean creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. Constance is the author of Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection found in all Amazon Kindle Stores. She is the Digital Editor of Zimonline News and Lekoa FM (www.lekoafm.co.za). She currently lives in South Africa with her family. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Visit her second blog at http://www.afriquebeat.com

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