Percem Akin is a makeup artist from Turkey who recently received a ton of backlash on the internet after she transformed herself into a black woman for Halloween. On her bio on Instagram, it said that she is a self-taught SFX makeup artist and she was also the winner of the NYX PM FaceAwards Turkey 2017. She is also a professional Beauty-SFX makeup artist.
Her Instagram shows her doing a variety of makeup from gore, to pirates, to skeletons.
But her most recent one as a black woman incurred a whole bunch of wrath online. Akin told the Independent that this “look” was for a character in a movie and also added that this wasn’t her design. “People prefer to see only racism in my work not pure beauty,” she told the publication. “This is just a movie character, and the movie which is directed by some poor students in my country, Turkey. We are not living in America or Africa, in my country finding a black model is so difficult, and they (directors) created a character for this movie and I made this. If I hurt the people like that, I am sorry but I never meant this to be racist work.”
Percem posted a video on YouTube of a makeup tutorial on how to “turn” into a black woman. She also added to the look by wearing a headscarf and creating scars on her face.
As if doing blackface wasn’t bad and controversial enough she decided to post some hashtags which only stoked the fire.
The caption read: ‘color and pain. My lovely black beauty transformation makeup.’ Some of the hashtags that she used included: #blackwoman #slave #sadmakeup #100days of makeup.
Rightfully so, the internet got mad and lambasted her pictures. Comments on her video and Instagram forced her to take down both the picture and the video.
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