This Beauty Blogger Was Called Racist For Her "Chocolate Challenge" Makeup Video

"What do I have to do to convince people that my skin tone is not a trend/a mask/a makeup challenge/a new concept for entertainment?"

This is YouTube vlogger Vika Shapel.

Last week, Shapel posted a now-deleted Instagram of her with a friend doing the "chocolate challenge."

Shapel coined the "chocolate challenge" in her Instagram caption, writing, "Come watch us transform into deep chocolate skintones from our pasty pale."

Vika Shapel

Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for people to start calling Shapel out for encouraging and participating in blackface.

@Arnellarmon / Via Twitter: @arnellarmon


Some brought up the fact that replicating a skin tone that is not your own should never be a trend or challenge.

@ArielleMonai / Via Twitter: @ArielleMonai

Others questioned why Shapel tried to make this a challenge in the first place.

@JasMeannnn / Via Twitter: @JasMeannnn

It wasn't just the "chocolate" skin tone that left people reeling. Certain details such as the curled hair and brown eyes stuck out to viewers as cementing the offensive nature of her "challenge."

@Valress / Via Twitter: @Valress

Shapel told Yahoo Beauty that she "wasn’t aware of the whole black-face concept before people began commenting it on the photo." She also said that due to the overwhelming number of negative comments she deactivated her YouTube and Instagram accounts until further notice.

@wordtogloria / Via Twitter: @wordtogloria

BuzzFeed has reached out to Shapel for comment.

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