A Kuwaiti beauty influencer is under fire after posting several images on Instagram in blackface.
Ghadeer Sultan is a professional makeup artist and salon owner with 2 million followers on Instagram. Typically, her posts feature glamour shots of her makeup looks and outfits.
“No matter where you are from or what you believe in, we are all children of this world, and we all share it together equally,” she wrote in the video’s caption. “Beauty comes in all shapes and colours, so let’s love each other and celebrate our unity.”
Commenters swiftly called her out.
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve seen. You can portray togetherness without disrespecting an entire culture. So uneducated, this is beyond unnecessary and unacceptable,” one person wrote.
“Was it so hard to hire a black model instead of doing blackface? It’s 2020 and yet the only thing i could see here is the lack of awareness and education on a very sensitive topic. Blackface is racist,” another wrote.
“I am not racist .. I hate racism,” she wrote on the second image. “What I’ve done is only to show what I am capable of… I love you all. Life is meant for a living… living with love and passion for everyone without thinking of what they are could really change your life… Think 2020 and live with a passion for all peoples.”