The INSIDER Summary:
- Makeup artist Paint Dat Face received backlash for posting an Instagram photo of a white woman after he gave her a makeover that made her look like a black woman.
- In a disclaimer, the artist claimed dark makeup, brown eyes, and a turban headwrap were used to celebrate “the beauty of another woman’s culture.”
- However, the image sparked outrage on Twitter where people questioned why a black model wasn’t asked to participate instead.
- The makeup artist has since deleted the photo and disclaimer, and said he deleted the post due to “negativity.”
A makeup artist recently went viral after posting a “transformation” picture of a white model wearing dark makeup, brown eyes, and a headwrap on Instagram.
The LA-based artist Paint Dat Face — who has over 65,000 followers — wrote a hefty disclaimer to caption the controversial photo, which he created with model Anna Thorsell.
However, many people have argued that his actions were problematic and racist, and accused the artist of blackface.
Here’s the disclaimer in full:
A portion of the caption reads: “This is a transformation that I’ve been holding back from releasing for a while now, solely because of the fear I’ve had of people turning it into a racial scandal against me. THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RACE CHANGE. This is about one woman acknowledging, embracing, and celebrating the beauty of another woman’s culture.”
Due to the flack he received, Paint Dat Face eventually deleted the post and made his Instagram account private. By that time, however, the internet had already gathered screenshots and took to Twitter, expressing outrage while questioning why he didn’t simply choose a black model to illustrate his motive.
this is honestly so disgusting. pic.twitter.com/DOM57CGub1
— r (@rihonardo) May 28, 2017
— @haaaylola (@haaaylola) May 28, 2017