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Makeup artist defends his work after ‘Blackface’ accusations 

Written by FDM

A makeup artist judged it right to share an image transformation of a white woman into a black one for the purpose of ‘celebrating the beauty of another women’s culture,” which was met with intense criticism.

Earlier this week, Instagram account @paintdatface posted the picture above and caused an uproar from people who considered it offending. The anonymous account seems to be operated by a male makeup artist based in LA who frequently showcases his work in the form of « Before-After » images that are well-received.

But not this time. The image was accompanied by a « disclaimer » that states: « I want to clearly express the sincere place I am coming from with this transformation,” the account’s owner wrote. “This is a transformation that I’ve been holding back from releasing for awhile now, solely because of the fear I’ve had of people turning it into a racial scandal against me.”

Anticipating the backlash, the artist defended his work writing : “THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RACE CHANGE”. However accusation of cultural approbation widely multiplied that he had to remove his post.

“I deleted the post, not because I had regret or saw wrongdoing, but because of the negativity social media turned it into,” he explained on Instagram.

“It’s been assumed by most that my intentions were to transform my model into a black woman. Truth is, my intentions were to keep the look vague enough to be relatable to many women of different cultures.”