Duckie Thot has only been modeling for about a year and is already taking over the modeling world. You can catch her on the runway during Fashion Week, on the cover of elite fashion magazines or even in Rihanna‘s Fenty Beauty ads.
Despite Thot’s star model status, she claims she has to bring her own makeup to photoshoots because stylists and makeup artists can’t find the right shades for her dark complexion.
“I take my own make-up to shoots every time. I’ll give the make-up artist the space and we’ll shoot,” She told the Evening Standard. “If it doesn’t look good, then we’ll change to what I know works.”
Thot bringing her own makeup to set is problematic because makeup artists and stylists don’t go out of their way to cater to black models when it’s literally their job too. White models don’t have to spend their own money to provide their own makeup at shoots. When you cater to white models and not black models it shouldn’t be ignored.
Thot, 22, says her favorite foundation brands are Lancome and Fenty Beauty. Even though there are shade inclusive brands now it’s still not the standard in the beauty industry.
“Growing up, make-up was ordered online, shipped from America or London,” the Austrailian native claims. “I found it difficult — I’m really, really dark: sometimes even the MAC shades weren’t dark enough.”
It’s difficult to find darker shades, because the beauty industry doesn’t cater to black women, but it’s not impossible.
Thanks to Fenty Beauty having a diverse shade range that caters to all skin tones is becoming the norm. So now when brands like Tarte and YSL drop new foundation lines that don’t have the range and sometimes only one dark shade they get called out for it.