An Australian make-up artist has recently come under fire for a photo shoot that featured all white models in what appears to be “Black Face”.
Kasey Vessey, an up and coming make-up artist posted several photos to their Instagram page describing it as “my favorite look”. The look resembled African inspired looks with a model decked out in tribal attire including, face painting, large hoop earrings, twisted hair/braids and head wrap.
The makeup artist may have admired her own work, but social media users criticized Vessey for not using a black model, calling the artist “disrespectful” and insensitive.
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Like you COULDN’T find ANY DARK skinned models? It’s THAT hard to find a dark skin model in Australia? Foreal?
— Kamiya Holifield ☥ (@Kamiholi) July 15, 2016
Many people accused the art of showcasing “Black Face”.
Instagram handle “purpleprincess” said, “THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL AND YOUR TEACHER SHOULD BE ASHAMED FOR TEACHING PEOPLE THAT ITS OKAY TO PAINT THEIR FACE BLACK !”
Social media users have asked the make-up artist to take down the photos. Do you think her art work was offensive? Or was it just self-expression?