Makeup artists who just CBF to procure products that work for models with dark skin tones=still an ongoing little hiccup backstage runway shows.
English model and NYFW regular Leomie Anderson used her popularity for a good cause yesterday when she talked about how models are STILL forced to sit down and give their faces over to totally incapable artists who skipped the “how to do makeup right for all women” training.
“Why is it that the black make-up artists are busy with blonde, white girls and slaying their make-up and I have to supply my own foundation? Why are there more white make-up artists backstage than black when black ones can do all races’ make-up? This is probably the first season that a white hairdresser hasn’t said to me ‘Oh I’ve done Naomi Campbell’s weave, I know what I’m doing.'”
She even produced a picture of a makeup artist’s station, which we can only conclude at the time she took it, only had cosmetics for women for light skin tones.
Jourdan Dunn has said it before as well, and she retweeted the call to action in support, so we can conclude from that that makeup artists still aren’t getting the picture. A slight bump in racial diversity on the runway, which Joan Smalls tells us still goes back and forth, may require makeup artists to get a clue.
Previously, Nykhor Paul has spoken up about this issue in a dear white people message to end them all, saying “I’m defiinitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!!” (She also mentioned that she has to bring her own products that work on her skin.)
Incidentally, ‘Oh I’ve done Naomi Campbell’s weave, I know what I’m doing,’ is a great way to kick off your LinkedIn page.