Sundanese model, Nykhor Paul is tired of being criticized and scrutinized in the fashion industry for her dark skin, which is why she took her feelings to Instagram with an open letter, being passionately unapologetically black. The 25-year-old runway model has walked in shows for renowned labels including Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Rick Owens and more. Recently, she let out her frustration with the fashion industry on social media by writing a letter addressing the insulting limitations of this multi-billion dollar industry.
In 2015, high fashion has finally recognized black beauty, but they have not gathered the proper resources to completely integrate all shades of brown into the business. Paul stresses that she has had to bring her own make up to professional shoots on various occasions—which is essentially unprofessional and quite frankly, disrespectful.
“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 out 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?”
As an activist in her own right, Paul shows courage and strength by pinning this much needed open letter to white industry professionals; demanding them to wake up and end the closed-mindedness of high fashion and its perception of beauty.
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