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Kuwaiti Beauty Influencer Called Out For Sharing Blackface Photos

Professional makeup artist Ghadeer Sultan slammed for posting blackface photos, but refused to remove images after sparking controversy.

Professional beauty Instagram influencer Ghadeer Sultan left her 2 million followers angered on New Year’s Eve when she posted a video on Instagram of herself lip-syncing to ‘We Are The World 25 for Haiti’ while wearing makeup to darken her skin tone.

She captioned video: “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. Beauty comes in all shapes and colors, so lets love each other and celebrate our unity . I love u all , happy new year.” She also uploaded a photo wishing Happy New Year.

In the video Ghadeer can be seen wearing different wigs and skin tones, from dark to light while lip-syncing.

‘We Are The World 25 for Haiti,’ is a cover of the 1985 song ‘We Are The World’ which was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, which featured music icons like Tine Turner, Dianna Ross, Ray Charles and Billy Joel.

The cover which was made in 2010 was used to help raise money for the earthquake victims who lost their homes in 2010.

However, this did not go down well with her followers who asked her to immediately remove the posts, labeling it as racist and offensive.

One user wrote: “I can’t believe that you thought this was acceptable to post.. Are you familiar with Blackface? Do you understand the gravity of what you just posted? I dont think so. Ignorance is not always bliss. Delete the posts, sis.”

“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,” wrote another.

But Ghadeer begged to differ stating she was not racist but was showing her skills and how good of a makeup artist she is. She uploaded another photo captioned: “I am not racist .. I hate racism. What I’ve done is only to show what i am capable of… I love you all. Life is meant for living… living with love and passion for every one without thinking of what they are could really change your life …. Think 2020 and live with passion for all peoples.”

Despite her followers calling her out against the racial posts, asking her to take them down the post the influencer stands by them and has left them live on her Instagram page.

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