Scroll through the Instagram account @PaintDatFace, and you’ll see picture after picture of makeup transformations, from bare faces to full glam. With more than 60,000 followers, there really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. That is until just a few days ago, when @PaintDatFace messed up big time.
Over Memorial Day weekend, the account posted a before and after makeup transformation that has ignited the internet, with plenty of people claiming that it’s basically glamorized blackface.
When the account first posted the image, which shows model Anna Thorsell, a white woman, first with a bare face and then with a much, much darker complexion, it was already trying to fend off controversy.
“This is a transformation that I’ve been holding back from releasing for a while now, solely because of the fear I’ve had of people turning it into a racial scandal against me,” @PaintDatFace wrote. “THIS IS NOT ABOUT A RACE CHANGE. This is about one woman acknowledging, embracing and celebrating the beauty of another woman’s culture. I believe we live in a society nowadays that seeks any reason to stomp around town with a picket stick in their hand, fighting ABOUT something, rather than FOR something (and yes, there is a difference!).”