This MUA Is Being Called Out Over This "Insensitive" Skin Condition Make Up Look

16 November 2017, 12:13 | Updated: 15 November 2018, 14:54

Vitiligo Make Up Controversy
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

An apology has now been issued.

Beauty blogger who goes by the name Golgi Apparatus is being called out in the internet for a make up look that appears to be imitating a common skin condition called Vitiligo.

For those that don't know, Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition where pale white patches develop on the skin. It's caused by the lack of melanin in the skin and most commonly occurs on the face, neck and hands, and in skin creases. For some people with the condition, it can have a massive affect on their self confidence.

Here's Golgi's controversial look.


Understandably, people aren't impressed that the MUA appeared to take "inspiration" from a skin condition.








Following the backlash, Golgi deleted the image from Instagram and uploaded an apology.  


A post shared by Golgi Apparatus (@golgiknowsbest) onNov 14, 2017 at 8:30am PST


According to the apology, Golgi's look was inspired by this particular photo of drag queen Valentina although some people have still pointed out that while the side detail is similar, Valentina had no detailing around her mouth.


It's not the first time someone has gone viral for imitating the condition. Back in 2015, model Winnie Harlow (who has given people with vitiligo a huge role model in the beauty industry) had her say on the recent trend of MUAs taking inspiration from people with the condition. 

"This is not appropriation, go look up the definition real quick!" she wrote on Instagram. "And it barely has anything to do with Vitiligo to be honest ... It's not actually about me or anyone else. It's about a feeling I've created, and what I represent to whoever draws me, tattoos me or recreates my look (regardless of race!). It's about the hope the pattern of my skin represents to THEM, it's You who places a negative on it."

H/T Teen Vogue (Header images: @golgiknowsbest / @ESHAXQ)

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