South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul is a stunner with a message.
Nykhor posted this image to Instagram along with a caption calling out the fashion industry for ignoring and devaluing darker skin tones:
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 our 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?
And, this isn't the first time Nykhor has called out the industry's crap. She's taken to Instagram before to address fashion's beauty bias:
We need more models of color in the fashion world, and please don't cover up my natural beauty with all that dead hair. Unless it looks amazing❤️❤️❤️ #RefugeeGirl #SouthSudan #WeAreNilotic #modellife #NiloticQueen #akobogirl #BeautyandPeace #Africangirlsrock #onetribe
Nykhor is also an activist. She created a foundation to bring attention to the violence in South Sudan called We Are Nilotic and earlier this year told i-D:
In fashion, I represent my country and all the beautiful South Sudanese girls who didn't get a chance to escape refugee life. If they did have a chance, they'd all be modeling, like me. There is a lack of media coverage. Our goal is to raise awareness by sharing stories as refugees of the world, so others can get an understanding of what we went through. Collectively I feel we can make a difference.