South Sudanese Model Nykhor Paul Blasts Fashion Industry: I'm 'Tired of Apologizing for My Blackness'

by Zach Seemayer 12:58 AM PDT, July 09, 2015
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South Sudanese fashion model Nykhor Paul took to Instagram on Wednesday to vent her frustration toward the fashion industry and makeup artists who don't have the proper makeup for black models.

Paul posting a striking photo of herself which accompanied a lengthy caption which took many makeup artists to task for being unprepared, writing, "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? "There's so [many] options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepared."

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Paul, who began modeling in 2008 and has worked constantly, booking big-name runway shows and several magazine covers, concluded her message with a call for equality, writing, "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?"

Paul's message to the makeup artist community has been met with a great deal of support from her fans and fellow models who share her frustration.

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