After calling out the fashion industry for not providing enough makeup artists who are "competent with all races," model Leomie Anderson is taking matters into her own hands.
The Victoria's Secret model, who voiced her complaints about a makeup artist not having a foundation to match her darker skin tone via Twitter earlier this month, has now posted a video called "Black Model Survival Kit" on her website to help others "survive the black model mishaps that you come up against."
"As you may or may not know being a black model is just extra hard, there's extra work, there's extra things involved," the British model says in the video. "So I'm just going to give you my survival kit as to what I've used to save my life from hair and makeup and just black model life mishaps."
Her tips include everything from warming up parts of the face to avoid that "beard" (when the bottom half of the face looks dark or ashy) to achieving the "wet look" without ruining your weave and bringing your own "nude" underwear — things lots of makeup artists, hairstylists and stylists don't consider when it comes to black models at fashion shows.
All of these issues were brought up in Anderson's twitter rant mid-February.
"Of course I get given to the makeup artist who had ONE brown foundation she was trying to mix with white on a sly because she’s not equipped," she tweeted. "Had to ask her straight 'do you have foundation for my skin tone orrrr?' My girl started sweating and said 'I like to mix brands.'"
of course I get given to the makeup artist who had ONE brown foundation she was trying to mix with white on a sly because she's not equipped— Leomie Anderson (@LeLeValentine) February 17, 2016
Had to ask her straight "do you have foundation for my skin tone orrrr?" My girl started sweating and said "I like to mix brands"— Leomie Anderson (@LeLeValentine) February 17, 2016
She continued, "Why is it that the black make-up artists are busy with blonde, white girls and slaying their make-up and I have to supply my own foundation? Why are there more white [makeup] artists backstage than black when black ones can do all races’ [makeup]? This is probably the first season that a white hairdresser hasn’t said to me 'Oh I’ve done Naomi Campbell’s weave, I know what I’m doing.'"
Why can a white model confidentially sit in anyone's chair and feel confident they'll look okay but black models have to worry?— Leomie Anderson (@LeLeValentine) February 17, 2016
WE NEED MORE MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIR WHO ARE COMPETENT WITH ALL RACES BACKSTAGE AT SHOWS.— Leomie Anderson (@LeLeValentine) February 17, 2016
And whether or not you're a black woman or model, Anderson's video sheds light on an important issue that, despite previous complaints, the fashion industry is still neglecting.
Watch the video above to learn more.
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