South Sudanese Model Rips ‘Racist’ Fashion Industry

Nykhor Paul’s cup runneth over with regard to how dark-brown models are treated.

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Nykhor Paul—a South Sudanese model who has graced the campaigns of Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Diane von Furstenburg and the like—took to Instagram Monday to give the fashion industry a piece of her mind about the “ratchet” ways in which dark-brown models are treated in the industry. 

Paul made it very clear to whom she was directing her ire, kicking off her post ever so ceremoniously with the introduction, “Dear white people in the fashion world!”

“Please don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s time you people get your [s–t] right when it comes to our complexion!” Paul continued, going on to reference her dark-chocolate complexion that, yes, is a rarity in high-end fashion shows and campaigns, but, Paul argued, shouldn’t be treated as an inconvenience nonetheless.

“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,” Paul wrote.

“[I]ts 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Iman Cosmetic, Black Opal—even Lancôme and Clinique carry them, plus so much more,” Paul said.

Paul said that makeup artists who go on to apologize for not being prepared to work with dark-chocolate complexions are not making the situation any better, and should instead be prepared to work with a variety of skin hues. 

“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.”

 

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?

A photo posted by nykhor (@nykhor) on Jul 6, 2015 at 9:55am PDT

It’s an issue that supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman have been advocating for years: that the fashion industry needs to do better and hire more black models. 

“I’m tired of complaining about not getting booked as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!!” Paul wrote.

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