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No Apologies For Being Black

Nykhor Paul, a South Sudanese Model has had enough. She is tired of apologizing for her blackness.

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In a recent Instagram post, the super model shares her thoughts on racism in the fashion industry:

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 their 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?

What do you guys think? Share your thoughts.

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A Media Kit is a Blogger’s CV and it is an important document to have if you plan on ever making money from your blog. A good media kit shows off every vital information about your blog and it’s achievements, and having one will give you an edge in a very saturated market. It is also a lot easier to send it along with a cover note to brands and PRs when pitching for blog collaborations instead of wasting your time, sending long and lengthy emails that end up in the trash.

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