When Chicago-based Makeup artist and business owner, ParisHeelton (as she is called on Instagram) posted the following photo of her client, Ebonymelanin_model, I think it’s safe to assume she was not expecting the controversy the photos would cause:
I’ve shared my views on colorism in this post HERE, but I think we call agree anti-dark skin sentiment has been the cause of a lot of self-hate issues for many people (yours truly included). Thankfully, celebrating my fellow deeply melinated brothers and sisters is becoming more popular, and as such there has been an increased awareness about ills of skin bleaching and the use of makeup to make one’s features appear more European.
Case and point, Sammy Sosa:
That being said, when the photo in question was originally shared in my makeup group, I assumed the artist was a white woman who was not accustomed to color-matching, but nope. She’s black, and while strolling through her Instagram account, I found plenty examples of her work on deeper skin tones, and she’s got skills! She can color match:
So when she was questioned about her decision to lighten her model’s face with makeup, The MUA offered this defense:
Listen, far be it from me to judge how another entrepreneur makes her coins, but is all money good money? Here’s what New York-based Makeup Artist, Bisola Spice, offered:
And the model ain’t mad, either:
So if the artist is proud of her work, and the model is feeling it, do we have a right to be mad? What say you, readers? Sound off below!
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