Fed-up Sudanese supermodel writes Instagram post that begins "Dear White People..."

Fed-up Sudanese supermodel writes Instagram post that begins "Dear White People..."
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The model wrote an open letter to the fashion world for racial bias at runway shows.






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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Here is the full text from the 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?
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Nykhor's exasperation is wholly justified. She is a supermodel. Her job is literally to show up to a runway show and let a team of artists cover her body and face in clothes and makeup. Models don't bring their own makeup to high-end runway shows. It would be like showing up to an interview and the HR guy saying to you, "Help me write my resume."

This open letter sheds light on the fact that racial bias in the fashion world is coming from multiple directions. The unpreparedness of makeup artists reflects on the lack of diversity in casting, stemming from the antiquated standard of pale-skinned models.

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Sure, there are some spelling and grammatical errors in Nykhor Paul's letter, but as mentioned before, she is a supermodel from Sudan, so like, cut her a break. It's not her job to abide by the laws of the grammar police, nor is it her job to bring makeup to work. Plus, she was probably super heated while writing the letter, and it's actually a pretty well-written argument. I'd probably have similar errors if I didn't have an editor.

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