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Black Twitter Speaks Out Against Makeup Artist Using Blackface on Woman

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

A makeup artist is under fire after posting a picture of a white woman, made up to look like a black woman.

Several Black Twitter users were outraged by the photo shared on an Instagram of a White female that was made up to look like an African-American woman.

The Instagram account that posted the picture of the transformation was @PaintDatFace. It was followed by a disclaimer which stated that the makeover was not a race change.

The post which followed the photo was, “This is a transformation that I’ve put on hold from releasing until now because of the fear that people would turn it into a racial scandal against me.”

“The photo is not about a race change, but about one woman acknowledging, embracing, and celebrating the beauty of another woman’s culture,” the artist wrote.

After posting the photo, @PaintDatFace made their account private following the backlash. However, many shared screenshots of the post and undermined the account for using blackface.

The history of blackface traces in the early 19th century when black performers were restricted from performing to white audiences. Therefore, white actors would use cork or paint to darken their skin.

The white performers wore the blackface make-up by applying exaggerated features that ridiculed African Americans. For instance, the “Jim Crow” was a show that contributed to a legacy of racist stereotypes.

Even though the original post was deleted, another post, using both the image of the model and the original disclaimer was uploaded. It came with a new caption saying, “I can’t offer an apology for my artwork, and for what I find to be beautiful.”

Since the make-up artist could not bear the pressure, he offered an explanation for his decision to use a white model.” The transformation of a woman into a woman of another culture has been criticized by those who don’t understand the message,” he wrote.

“I deleted the post, not because I saw wrongdoing, but because of the negativity, the social media turned against it. Most people assume that my intentions were to transform my model into a black woman.”

The artist added that his intentions were to keep the look standard for many women of different cultures. He said that the inspiration for the overall look came from his Cuban heritage.

The artist argued against the accusations of racism stating that the transformation was not about mocking one’s race, but rather to celebrate it.

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  1. Sherley Gaie

    Sherley Gaie

    June 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It’s not blackface. It’s, never mind.

    • Wayne Johnson

      Wayne Johnson

      June 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Look at just about ANY pic of blackface….

      Dark skin and thick RED lips…this is nothing more than a ‘modernized’ version of blackface

    • Sherley Gaie

      Sherley Gaie

      June 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Miss me with the lecture

    • Tuwa Wards

      Tuwa Wards

      June 4, 2017 at 9:13 am

      😂😂

    • Lakenya Colenburg

      Lakenya Colenburg

      June 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

      I don’t think it’s black face either. How many black people have bleached their skin to look white.
      She is a artist, this is her art. That’s what it looks like.

    • Sherley Gaie

      Sherley Gaie

      June 4, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I agree with part of your comment & disagree with the other part.

  2. Mikela Winston

    Mikela Winston

    June 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    They always act so innocent when you call them out on their bullshit.

  3. Kathy Sullivan Jordan

    Kathy Sullivan Jordan

    June 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Why why why why🤔🤧🤔🤧📸

  4. Danielle Holsey

    Danielle Holsey

    June 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    First off why did they do it? Are they goin to let her experience wats it like to be a black woman in america and see that white ppl have more advantages than we do?? 🤔

  5. Cassandra Bonas-Rhea

    Cassandra Bonas-Rhea

    June 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Get a black model. …

  6. Verna E. Maria Bulluck

    Verna E. Maria Bulluck

    June 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    She knows she’s Beautiful if she’s Black

  7. Jaquanda Jones

    Jaquanda Jones

    June 3, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Stole our names, stole our home, stole us, stole our culture….. Stealing our faces/skin is not surprising…. They hate us but they want to be us.

  8. Tameka Morrow

    Tameka Morrow

    June 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    All that make up yet she still look white to me. Black knows black.

  9. Eddy Jensen

    Eddy Jensen

    June 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    She looks Black? Says who? Are you blind?

  10. Mark Villar

    Mark Villar

    June 4, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Why she looks beautiful

  11. Jacqueline Middleton

    Jacqueline Middleton

    June 4, 2017 at 8:15 am

    White people want to be us soooo bad.

  12. Lakenya Colenburg

    Lakenya Colenburg

    June 4, 2017 at 10:09 am

    In my opinion, I feel the artist is creating art. I don’t believe she did that to make fun or this woman just wanted to be black. The black race is beautiful, beautiful enough to be art.
    Their is a lot of stuff for us to be upset about, but this really isn’t one. You have black people running around here bleaching their skin trying to fit into the white life. Be upset about that. Everyone want to be black except our own.

  13. Jawhira Mylyndiz

    Jawhira Mylyndiz

    June 4, 2017 at 10:36 am

    wether or not if its BLACKFACE, it definitely a CATFISH for all races,lol

  14. Yoshia Davis

    Yoshia Davis

    June 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Us she making fun of us wtf is this shit

  15. Shone Ayers

    Shone Ayers

    June 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    She literally just looks tan. Oh and this is not blackface. Do your research.

  16. Sonja Ross

    Sonja Ross

    June 4, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Geezeus… it’s all getting so twisted! This is the ART of makeup for Goodness sake!! People are fighting the wrong battle!!

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