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 ??
Winnie harlow (1st pic) who's stunning HAS vitiligo, these WHITE woman are mimicking her look,ITS STILL BLACKFACE WTF pic.twitter.com/tGTl8Dh1PN— Black Girl (@BLVCKMATTERS) August 22, 2015
Idk how white people imitating vitiligo of Winnie Harlow is a compliment? Her response of supporting the black face is purely disappointing— nalisa alia amin (@nalisaaa) August 24, 2015
An African-American model who found fame after competing on America’s Next Top Model is speaking out and defending white women who are recreating her distinctive look.
Winnie Harlow has a skin condition called vitiligo. It causes some sections of skin to lose pigmentation.
She posted to Instagram on Sunday after people who recreated her look with makeup were criticized and accused of doing blackface.
“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,” Harlow wrote.
The response to her statements has been mixed. People took to social media to express their sentiments.