Sudanese model Nykhor: “I’m tired of apologising for my blackness!

Sudanese model Nykhor Paul blasts ‘white’ fashion make-up artists for coming to shows and shoots unprepared. The outburst, which was posted on her Instagram page, expressed her frustration for make up artists who lack effort in obtaining diverse skin colour make-up.

The post message which starts with “dear white people in the fashion world!” highlights the issue of race inequality, and the struggles of black models in the industry. “Just because you only book a few of us it doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet.” She exclaims.

The 25-year-old model exasperatedly continues, “Stop apologising 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.”

Paul is known for fighting for what’s right; she is an activist fighting to bring peace to her home country South Sudan. The beauty Queen has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, including our editorial shoot below:

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Nykhor concludes her open letter addressing issues black models are facing in the white fashion industry: “I’m tired of complaining about not getting booked as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness…Why cant we be part of fashion fully and equally?”

Read our interview with Nykhor here.

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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?

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