Big lips don’t care!
Apparently that’s not the case. Mac Cosmetics posted the pic below promoting a new lipstick for NY Fashion Week but that’s not what got folks attention…
All that melanin and those full lips got the racists going crazy on the company’s Instagram page.
From comparisons to fish and rapper Jay Z, the attacks on this model’s lips were heartbreaking and outright vicious. Some Instagram users even went as far as suggesting they were unfollowing MAC on the social media platform.
I have so many questions: Are these individuals blind to the beauty of this woman and this lipstick color? Where are all the haters in the comments section of another image MAC posted, showing a model with lighter skin and more slender lips wearing the same shade? Why do some people view full lips on a black woman as unattractive, yet white women who mimic this feature (sometimes with the assistance of cosmetic surgery) are celebrated?
There were also countless women and men of all backgrounds commenting how “gorgeous,” “beautiful” and “perfect” the model’s purple lips were. But the negative responses are further proof that we need empowerment movements such as #BlackGirlMagic.
One commenter wrote that black women will never be as beautiful as white woman, and blah blah blah I’m racist blah blah blah I’m racist.
Of course, the clapback was in full effect, with women of all backgrounds joining forces to squash the haters.
Just another day on the Internet. Can’t even post a lipstick photo without people rearing their racist little heads.
The fashion industry still has a long way to go when it comes to being more inclusive. But when brands like MAC highlight the beauty of black women, it makes a powerful statement and takes a huge step toward eliminating a monolithic standard of beauty. It says, “You will not be ignored!” It says, “We see you shining!” It says, “You are perfect just as you are!”
So, to the Internet trolls, I say have several seats and bask in this #BlackGirlMagic.