White Women Use Make Up To Imitate Winnie Harlow's Vitiligo

Blackface Or Nah?? White Women Use Dark Make Up To Imitate Model Winnie Harlow’s Vitiligo

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White Women Use Make Up To Imitate Winnie Harlow’s Vitiligo

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has started an online debate about blackface after a group of white women thought it was necessary to use dark make up to imitate her skin disease…

Via EOnline:

Harlow, who competed in Cycle 21 of America’s Next Top Model under the name Chantelle Brown-Young—has a skin condition called vitiligo, which causes loss of color in blotches. After placing fifth in Tyra Banks’ reality competition series. She currently appears on Ebony’s September cover with fellow America’s Next Top Model aluma Fatima Siad, plus Samantha Archibald, Milan Dixon, Diandra Forrest and Marquita Pring.

As Harlow makes a name for herself in the fashion industry, some people have attempted to copy her skin condition in an effort to tribute to her. The fans, some of them Caucasian, have applied makeup to look more like Harlow. However, some critics have argued that what fans are really doing is putting on blackface.

Amid controversy, Harlow released a statement via Instagram. “My response to this is probably not what a lot of people want but here it goes: every time someone wants fuller lips, or a bigger bum, or curly hair, or braids does Not mean our culture is being stolen. Have you ever stop to realize these things used to be ridiculed and now they’re loved and lusted over. No one wants to “steal” our look here. We’ve just stood so confidently in our own nappy hair and du-rags and big asses (or in this case, my skin) that now those who don’t have it love and lust after it. Just because a black girl wears blue contacts and long weave doesn’t mean she wants to be white and just because a white girl wears braids and gets lip injection doesn’t mean she wants to be black. The amount of mixed races in this world is living proof that we don’t want to be each other we’ve just gained a national love for each other,” the model told her followers. “Why can’t we embrace that feeling of love? Why do we have to make it a hate crime?”

The tweet that started it all:

Check out Winnie’s response below:

My response to this is probably not what a lot of people want but here it goes: every time someone wants fuller lips, or a bigger bum, or curly hair, or braids does Not mean our culture is being stolen. Have you ever stop to realize these things used to be ridiculed and now they’re loved and lusted over. No one wants to “steal” our look here. We’ve just stood so confidently in our own nappy hair and du-rags and big asses (or in this case, my skin) that now those who don’t have it love and lust after it. Just because a black girl wears blue contacts and long weave doesn’t mean she wants to be white and just because a white girl wears braids and gets lip injection doesn’t mean she wants to be black. The amount of mixed races in this world is living proof that we don’t want to be each other we’ve just gained a national love for each other. Why can’t we embrace that feeling of love? Why do we have to make it a hate crime? In a time when so much negative is happening, please don’t accuse those who are showing love and appreciation, of being hateful. It is very clear to me when someone is showing love and I appreciate these people recreating, loving and broadcasting something to the world that once upon a time I cried myself to sleep over #1LOVE

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