That Time Model Nykhor Called Herself “Blue Black” and We Were Like…

I’m pretty sure y’all have heard about model Nykhor Paul calling out the “white people of the fashion” world for their lack of support when it comes to black and brown models in the industry. And if you haven’t, I’ll give you a quick rundown:

Nykhor vented her feelings about the fashion industry’s treatment to models of color, especially Black models, giving us a peek into the not-so-glamorous part of the modeling industry. Her Instagram PSA touched on the fact that many makeup artists, for whatever reason, rarely seem to be prepared with the right foundations and other beauty products to match models of color, particularly pointing out darker models.

She went on to explain how there is no reason makeup artists today should be so unprepared to do black and brown models’ makeup, giving the fact that various brands such as Bobbi Brown, Black Opal and even Lancôme create foundations, concealers and other bases to match darker skin:

She held nothing back. Not one damn thing.

While I completely agree with everything she said (especially after seeing this type of treatment first hand when I was the EBONY.com beauty and style editor), the one thing that made me fall to the floor in praise of Nykhor was the fact that she called herself “blue black”.

Girl.

I had to step back and breathe for a second. Blue black? You mean, the color that kids in middle school would tease dark skin boys and girls for being? It was either that or being called so black that you were purple…or midnight..or some other shit. But Nykhor owned “blue black”. She said it so casually that it was like…”yeah, girl I’m about to take my blue black ass to the hair salon, I’ma call you later.”

I bowdown to you Nykhor.

Not only did she shut down the B.S. of the fashion world, she let it be known that she is happily “blue black”, a rich dark shade that many women graced with darker complexions got hell for being growing up. Shoot…some of us didn’t even like being called “dark”. Some women still don’t like being called “dark”. Back then, the ultimate way to tease someone who was dark skin was to call them a variation of “blue black”, “blackie”, “tar baby”, or some other hurtful name to reinforce the idea that our complexion wasn’t pretty or attractive. Nykhor owning one of the most common names darker black boys and girls were teased with was priceless. I really wish more people would have caught on to that epic moment!

Kudos to you, Nykhor.