The racial prejudices within the fashion industry have come to light once again, as South Sudanese model, Nykhor Paul blasts the make-up artists in the industry.
Nykhor, a dark skinned model, took to her Instagram last night and posted an outraged and angry post about the lack of professionalism, racial diversity, and overall lack of respect for models of color. Here is a look at her heated Instagram post:
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?
This is not the first time in recent years we have heard super models, young and old alike, speak out against the racism, and lack of diversity within the fashion industry. Models like Naomi Campbell, Chanel Iman, Beverly Johnson, Iman, and Jourdan Dunn, have all voiced their opinion and upset in recent times. In the February 2015 issue of Vogue magazine, Jourdan was the first black model to be solo on the cover in twelve years since Naomi Campbell in 2002, touched on the subject.
“It’s hard being a model regardless, and then being a black model. I have heard, ‘Oh, we haven’t shown any black models this season.’ So blasé… It’s messed up,” –Jourdan Dunn
Beverly Johnson, who was the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue 41 years ago, also spoke about the lack of diversity and the disappointment she has in an interview with The Root.
“People don’t get it. They, very innocently, don’t do what is best for the company and more likely hire someone like them that looks like them, which is understandable on the psychology but is not understandable in the way the world works—particularly since people of color, minority, are a big contributor to your business.” –Beverly Johnson
Nykhor, who started modeling in 2008, is no stranger to fighting for what she believes. Coming to America in 1998 as a refugee, she escaped the war-torn country of South Sudan. Since signing with Red Model Management, she has used her platform to start a foundation called “We Are Nilotic.” The organization was started to try to unite the 64 tribes of her native South Sudan. Nykhor overcame the adversities of being a refugee in America, and leaving her family in a camp in Sudan when she was a child. It is sad that as she fights for her native people, such discrimination is present in the industry that has given her a platform to fight.