Trans model and make-up guru Nikita Dragun hits back at Blackfishing accusations
Make-up guru Nikita Dragun has had to defend herself on social media against Blackfishing claims.
Blackfishing is when someone alters their physical appearance through things like spray tans and makeup to change people’s perception of their race.
People commonly do this to appear as though they have more stereotypically Black features.
‘Why is Nikita Dragun so damn dark now?’
In a now-deleted tweet, a user wrote: “Why is Nikita Dragun so damn dark now.”
still showing it for me so here ya go lol pic.twitter.com/casOrFhti3
— grumpelina 🧚🏼 (@alexiabreannag) March 13, 2020
Dragun defended herself and responded to the tweet with a picture of herself when she was younger which shows her with a tan, explaining that she because she is Mexican and Vietnamese and therefore tans easily.
— Nikita 𝖕𝖔𝖕𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖗 Dragun (@NikitaDragun) March 12, 2020
Dragun tweeted: “‘Cus my mum’s Mexican and my dads Viet… other races get tan but go off.”
Some were quick to point out that even with Dragun’s heritage, it’s obvious that she gets a spray tan.
it’s called spray tan sweetie 🤣 we all got those don’t act like you don’t know what that is
— Ronnie✨ (@RonnieMcLouies) March 12, 2020
It's also called a spray tan sis 😂
— 𝔡𝔞𝔦𝔰𝔶 (@MsDaisy_XO) March 12, 2020
Dragun replied explaining that she can’t go in the sun anymore because her family is at high risk of skin cancer.
people will say “nooo it’s a spray tan” like who cares if u naturally tan that dark anyway does it really matter? some people don’t like being pale in winter
— lex 🦋 (@aIexandriuh) March 12, 2020
Trans model is no stranger to controversy.
Last year, the beauty blogger was caught in another scandal when she posted pictures of her wearing box braids, a protective hairstyle typically worn by Black women.
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i would just like to take this moment to show my love and appreciation for all the gorgeous black women in my life and also to those that follow me. i was inspired to do this box braid wig because i find it so beautiful. too often there’s a double standard when another person takes inspiration from black culture. suddenly it’s a new trend or it’s renamed to be something else. hearing stories of black women being sent home from school or work because of their braids is beyond disheartening. i will always use my platform to spread awareness and equality for all but especially for women! and that’s on period love 💞
Dragun addressed the cultural appropriation claims directly by posting an Instagram picture of her wearing box braids accompanied by a caption explaining her choice to wear them.
In the post, the model expressed her love and appreciation for Black women and explained that she found the hairstyle beautiful which is why she decided to try it.
“I would just like to take this moment to show my love and appreciation for all the gorgeous Black women in my life and also to those that follow me,” she wrote.
“I was inspired to do this box braid wig because I find it so beautiful.
“Too often there’s a double standard when another person takes inspiration from Black culture.”
Dragun is just one of many celebrities caught up in Blackfishing and cultural appropriation scandals.
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