English actress Thandie Newton is calling out a certain cosmetics retailer in her home country as well as retailers in general who don’t carry make up products for black skin.
via Voice Online
Actress Thandie Newton has criticized high street store Boots for its lack of make-up suitable for black skin.
The actress, who is also the face of skincare brand Olay, spoke out at an event last week about the lack of beauty products available for darker skin.
She claimed that the popular UK high street chain will often stock darker make-up shades when a new product launches, but will take them off the shelves earlier than lighter versions.
“If the make-up was in there longer, the girls would go and get it and then the stores would get more, and they’d realize that everybody wants it, and then they would stock it,” she told the Mail Online.
“There’s this ghettoisation of make-up right now. The right shade is there for everybody but you can only get it at specialised shops.
“So you don’t go to Boots. As a result we are all being physically separated when we go and buy make-up,” she said.
“We’re starting to think they don’t want us there and it’s not that, it’s just that six-month time lapse where the shops are waiting to be able to say it’s not selling so let’s stop stocking it. We’ve got to encourage them.”
The 41-year-old also criticized the chemist chain for not using more pictures of black models in its stores.
“I’ll go into Boots at Heathrow Airport if I’ve forgotten my make-up bag or something and there isn’t even a picture of a black woman. I hate that,” she sighed.
Kudos to Thandie for using her platform to address this issue. Have you had similar experiences when shopping for make up?