Model Nykhor Paul “Shouts Out” to the fashion industry

My skin complexion is not light enough to be a problem nor dark enough to be a problem. I call it the perfect caramel tone. This means that it is quite easy for me to find the right foundation, shimmer, powder, lipstick, eye shadow, etc.

A few years ago I had a terrible argument with a friend when I said that darker skins have a hard time finding the right makeup. She understood my comment as being racist when, actually, that comment was my disappointment with the abyss there is when it comes to offering dark skin women a wide range of makeup options.

Six weeks ago, Sudanese model Nykhor Paul published a post on Instagram that won her over 21k likes and over 5k comments. She gave the fashion industry a Makeup Shout-Out.

Nykhor Paul

Full text: 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 their 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?

What will follow we don’t know. A good deal of buzz has been happening around this post. However, it is “little” things like this that bring a great deal of awareness to an issue that women face: finding the perfect makeup for their perfect skin tone.

Thank you Nykhor for your shout out and let us hope that it was loud enough to make a difference.


*I intentionally used dark skin instead of African throughout this post, because dark skins are not exclusive to Africa or African people.


Also, read her interview for the The Guardian Life here and a very intimate interview for Write on Skin here.