Black Twitter Speaks Out Against Makeup Artist Using Blackface on Woman
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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