Makeup artist accused of blackface for turning white woman into black one
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: Make-up equipment is seen backstage ahead of the Kilian Kerner show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16 at Kosmos on January 19, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Getty Images for Kilian Kerner)
A makeup artist took to Instagram to post a side-by-side photo of a white woman he'd transformed into a black one. The left image showed a bare-faced Caucasian model, while the left one was of the same model wearing foundation shades darker than her complexion and a head wrap.
The user wrote a lengthy caption to comment on the look.
“DISCLAIMER. I want to clearly express the sincere place I am coming from with this transformation...THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RACE CHANGE. This is about one woman acknowledging, embracing, and celebrating the beauty of another woman’s culture,” he said.
While an explanation was offered, many took to social media to express their angst, accusing the artist of blackface.
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