Model Nykhor Paul Calls Out The Fashion World's Racism On Instagram, And It's A Message We Should All Pay Attention To
Social media can sometimes cause more harm than good, (and yeah, we can definitely get sick of seeing what our friends ate for lunch everyday), but it can also be a pretty powerful tool to fight some major world issues. Model Nykhor Paul called out fashion's racism on Instagram, using the social media platform to express her frustration with the lack of diversity in the industry. It's inspiring snaps like these that make me rethink that ice cream cone I posted yesterday.
South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul posted a picture of herself to Instagram on Monday in an attempt to shed light on the fashion industry's racism. The picture's lengthy caption began:
Dear white people in the fashion world! Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you get your sh*t 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!
The model, who has fronted campaigns including Balenciaga and Vivienne Westwood, goes on to say that a makeup artist should come prepared for work, and that this is, in fact, 2015, a time where there are definitely makeup options out there for African America women, even listing brands such as MAC and Bobbi Brown.
Her critique concludes, "Fashion is art, art is never racist, it should be inclusive of all people not only white people, sh*t, we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?"
Images: nykhor/Instagram; Getty Images