Not So Subtle Racism
by Tee on September 9, 2015 - 1:18pm
Published on August 7th 2015 on The Huffington Post Canada is the article Model Nykhor Paul Shuts down the Fashion Industry's Racism by Arti Patel. This article is one that brings attention to racism within the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul is a 25 year old Sudanese model who, on public media, Instagram, to be more specific, addressed a letter makeup artists asking them she has to bring her own makeup when white models aren’t required to. Within the article, the author includes the entire caption that Nykhor Paul posted on Instagram. In the caption, Nykhor Paul says that she’s tired of apologizing for her blackness, and that a good makeup artist would have the makeup needed for her blue black skin tone. She then goes on to comment on how few women of colour are booked in the first place. Within the article the author includes the Fashion Spot’s 2015 Diversity Report, where it’s showed that in the 9,358 models booked for several big shows, such as Milan, New York, and Paris, only 20% of those were women of colour. At the end of the article, author Arti Patel encourages and supports model Nykhor Paul’s Instagram letter to makeup artists, by ending with “You go girl!”
The article Model Nykhor Paul Shuts down the Fashion Industry's Racism by Arti Patel is one that convinces us that race is a big factor in today’s society, one that we can’t ignore. Although Jared Diamond says in his article Race without Colour that race is an arbitrary system, model Nykhor Paul calls attention on how skin colours are in fact different. Just because we can be distinguished by different skin colours, doesn’t mean it needs to define us, though. I agree with this fact, seeing as how there are so many other things we could be distinguished by, so why choose race? True, Nykhor Paul does need to use different makeup than girls who are lighter or darker than her, but this doesn’t mean her only noticeable factor is her skin colour. Somebody who hasn’t been informed of the unimportance or irrelevance of race would disagree with this fact. All in all, I think that the article by Arti Patel is one that touches on the current problems in today’s society regarding race.
Patel, A. (2015, July 8). Sudanese Model Is Tired of Apologizing for Her 'Blackness' Retrieved September 6, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/07/08/nykhor-paul-white-fashion-indust...