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Nigerian Makeup Artist, Joy Adenuga Reacts to Nykhor Paul’s Statement on “Apologizing for her Blackness” & Racism



Joy Adenuga Nykhor Paul - BellaNaija - July2015

Joy Adenuga | Nykhor Paul

A few days ago, South-Sudanese model, Nykhor Paul, went on a little rant on Instagram calling out international makeup artists and the fashion industry in general for their lack of respect and attention to black models like herself. She was particular about being asked to bring her own makeup for runway shows and shoots, because the makeup artists would say they didn’t have their shade. And now she is definitely tired of apologizing for her blackness (Click here if you missed it).

Now, BBC has reached out to London-based Nigerian makeup artist, Joy Adenuga, to comment on the topic and share her views on Nykhor’s statement, and what she thinks the makeup artists and designers in question did wrong.

According to Joy;

From my own experience, when I did a fashion show I think on 2 occasions, they did provide us (with makeup), but when you go there sometimes the shades they provide you is not enough. But I think it is my responsibility, not even looking at the designers, to like whatever model sits on my chair, I should be able to make her up, green, blue, purple whatever colour she is cause as a makeup artist you are trained to work on a number of a variety of skin tones.

For most fashion shoots, they send you like a mood board so you know who the models are. In regards that as a makeup artist, when I go for any fashion shoot, my kit serves to anybody because there might be changes; the model that is being booked for their shoot can call in sick and they send a replacement. So whoever they send for a replacement no matter the skin colour she is I should be able to cater to without telling her ‘oh sorry, can you tell her that when she’s leaving her house can she bring her foundation since she is black’.

Listen to more excerpts from the interview below;

Sound of BellaNaijarians. What is your stand on this?

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  1. MC

    July 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

    That read so badly…

    • fleur

      July 9, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Indeed. I hope it was transcript production error.

    • trendy

      July 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, it was kinda hard to follow.

    • Tunmi

      July 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Her words should pacify those people who were calling for Nykhor’s head because she did not toe the line and punctuate every word with sir/ma, please and thank you. Docile and not trying to step on toes.

  2. bruno FIERCE

    July 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

    bellanaija pls who is this joy adenuga person and how did she enter the picture.

    is she the spokes person for makeup artist around tge world?

    • antibruno

      July 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      google is your friend, she happens to be one of Uk’s top make up artists

  3. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    July 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Above commentators what’s with the beef bikonu? Joy no talk anything wrong na

  4. Nkem

    July 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    For me Joy spoke my mind, as a pro MUA you should at all times have products for all skin types just incase you aren’t provided with during a fashion shoot….. Guys read her statements with understanding.

  5. Ruth

    July 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    So now BBC wants to know ‘our’ opinion , from another black make up artist…Funny how you never see them seeking a black opinion on their daily 6pm news….hahah…. When is about race you get excited to hear about our opinion hahah. jokers!!!

    Would of been more interesting if they had asked a English make up artist.As 85% of make up artists at fashion shows are English. Unless they can afford Pat M( google her) to work on the team. What we should be pushing is for ‘white’ make up artist to be trained on how to do make up for black skin. That would make a big difference.

    • Not again!

      July 10, 2015 at 1:48 am

      *Have” not. “Of”. Goodness! Why do so many people use *of* for * have* geez…

  6. Alert!

    July 9, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I think Joy Adenuga has said well! People just like to apply sentiments to everything!

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