Model Nykhor Paul Speaks Out After Instagram Post Sparks Debate About Colorism and Racism in Fashion.

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South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul sparked a much-needed debate after she posted an amazing call out of the fashion industry’s racism and colorism. Since posting the message, Paul has kept the conversation going on her Instagram page by posting make-up free selfies and thanking brands that carry products for her skin tone.

Paul recently talked to about the message’s impact,

I think the best thing that has happened is that it creates a healthy dialogue. That is the only thing that I want, a conversation, and not a racist one or an antagonistic one. People are talking about it in Kenya, in Brazil, in South Africa and Spain. There are girls who have written me, telling me that this is an issue they face daily, and if I can provide a voice for those dark-skinned girls and this issue, I’m happy to. Part of the reason I think people were so reluctant to speak up is because you risk being labeled the angry black girl. This has been going on since the days of Bethann Hardison, Iman, Alek Wek, Naomi [Campbell]: The issue isn’t new, but I’m hoping to see more change now. We’re in a time when people are more conscious and more aware of the realities.