Makeup artist under fire for turning a white woman into a black woman – USA TODAY
A makeup artist is under fire after posting a picture of a white woman who was made up to look like a black woman.
Instagram account @PaintDatFace posted a picture of the “transformation” along with a disclaimer stating that the makeover was not a “race change.”
“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,” @PaintDatFace wrote in the caption. “THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RACE CHANGE. This is about one woman acknowledging, embracing, and celebrating the beauty of another woman’s culture.”
While @PaintDatFace made their account private following the backlash, many shared screenshots of the post and slammed the account for using “blackface.”
“A non-black person painting their face to emulate Black people is still blackface,” @WickedBeaute tweeted.
Blackface originated in the early 19th century when black performers weren’t allowed to perform to white audiences, so white performers would use cork or paint to darken their skin. White performers wearing this make-up, which they applied to exaggerate features, ridiculed African Americans.
The caricatures in these highly popular minstrel shows, such as “Jim Crow,” contributed to a legacy of racist stereotypes.
USA TODAY has reached out to @PaintDatFace for comment.
Contributing: Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY NETWORK