Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Sephora closed its doors for an hour of sensitivity training last Wednesday after SZA and Leslie Jones took to twitter to expose their unfortunate experiences with the chain. The fact that this training was needed in the first place is disappointing. However, it is not surprising. Women of color, especially black women, have been discriminated against in the beauty industry for decades. Unpigmented eye shadows, grey cast sunscreens, and a lack of foundation options were acceptable because “black women don’t use them.” It has been proven time and time again that black women not only use, but slay makeup, so why are companies still struggling to serve us ?
Black women should be able shop at a store with more than six options and not be harassed while they do it. Many women continue to shop at places like Sephora because they feel like they don’t have a choice. This is no longer true. There are numerous women of color owned makeup, hair, and skin care companies to choose from. On top of that, black owned beauty stores such as The Brown Beauty Co-Op, Marsh and Mane, and BLK + Green are creating inclusive spaces where diversity training isn’t necessary as it’s already built in.