Racial Cosmetic Discrimination is a Human Rights Issue! By James Reed
It is clear cut; cosmetics in stores tend to favour women with light colour skins. There is a lack of the good stuff for other women. The only reason I can think of is, well, nobody thought much about this. Something must be done. Can President Harris help our ladies on this one? Where does she get her cosmetics from? Can she share some of her stash? Help a gal out? What is the United Nations doing about it? So many questions, so few answers.
Rebecca Willink, who is of Indian descent, says she is fed up with not being able to buy make-up suitable for her at any Australian supermarket – either in store or online.
The decision of Woolworths, Coles and Aldi to sell only lighter shades of make-up was a form of discrimination and forced women of colour to spend sometimes double the price buying products directly from companies online or from make-up stores, she told nine.com.au.
A busy mum-of-two, Rebecca Willink said she would like to have the same opportunity as other Australians with lighter skin colours to pick-up affordable make-up during her grocery shop. (Rebecca Willink)
"I moved to Australia from the UK when I was 15 and it's always been the case here at supermarkets," she said.
"For the past 20 years, buying make-up for darker complexions of any brand in the make-up aisle has been essentially impossible.
"My cousins in the UK can't believe it because over there all of the shades are available on the supermarket shelves. You can go into Tesco and Asda and all of the brown shades are there. It's the same in the US, so I don't know why we are so far behind in Australia," she said.”
I urgently want to sign the petition. You never know when an old man might need cosmetics too, and my completion, from years of alcohol abuse, is not pretty. I need them too!