Model Nykhor Paul Tired of ‘Apologizing for Her Blackness’

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NEW YORK, NY -- They say beauty only runs skin deep, but how far does character go? Well, model Nykhor Paul may have exposed a racial flaw in the fashion industry.

The proud South Sudanese beauty has walked with the best of them from NYC to Paris. But, the 26-year-old says she's tired of apologizing for her blackness.

In an Instagram post, Paul calls out “white people in the fashion world." Particularly make-up artists who've constantly come “unprepared to work on dark skin tones”.


Paul claims that she has to bring her own makeup for shows while the white models have their make-up provided for them.

Paul considers her skin color a blue-black tone, but even she notes that several make-up brands, like Mac and Clinique, do carry shades for her and many others.

This isn't the first time a black model’s been thrown major shade. Beauty queen Jourdan Dunn told British Vogue that a white make-up artist refused to touch her because she was black.

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Hopefully, this time,  Paul’s words will shed light on the racism happening off the runway instead of keeping things in the dark.

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