Model Nykhor Paul Speaks up about the Difficulties of Being a Black Model

Nykhor Paul shares her feelings on race in the model world. Photo Courtesy: Youtube
Nykhor Paul shares her feelings on race in the model world.
Photo Courtesy: Youtube

By Gabrielle Kirven

Model Nykhor Paul who has been modeling since the age of 17; recently took to Instagram her take on how makeup artists in the industry are unprepared to do her makeup when it comes to the color of her skin. “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,” she states.  She posted a photo on Instagram with a caption stating her feelings on being a black model in the year 2015.

“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!” she wrote. “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.”

She concludes by saying she’s tired of the racism in the fashion industry.

“I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!!” she said. “Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, s–t we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?”

Model Nykhor Paul is not the only one who has experienced racism in the fashion industry. Models such as Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn have also spoken out before on what they have experienced.