Words cut deep.
If you recall my card from last week referring to the image of the African American woman's lips that MAC Cosmetics had posted on their Instagram page [see card here], well the jury has reached a verdict.
In this case, MAC along with the woman in the image [Aamito Lagum] have both finally reached out and talked about the rude, ignorant and unnecessary comments that were left underneath the picture. If you're interested in hearing more about what the two had to say about something that could've easily been avoided, keep scrolling and check out both the commentary and the brief video for yourself.
Aamito Lagum [23 years old] is a model originally from Uganda. She has been on Africa's Next Top Model and just a few weeks ago she walked in Kanye West's Yeezy show at Madison Square Garden for New York Fashion Week. While Lagum absolutely loves her lips, she was surprised when she saw the hateful comments that followed the image posted by MAC Cosmetics.
“At first, I was flattered because I absolutely think my lips look beautiful in that photo,” said Ms. Lagum, reached by phone. “But when I started to read the comments, it was quite unsettling. Horrible things were being written, and I was not very surprised, which is itself very disheartening.”
MAC's Global President, Karen Buglisi Weiler, also spoke out on the topic, saying:
“Our MAC fans are very opinionated, generally speaking, and we encourage that dialogue,” said Karen Buglisi Weiler, the brand’s global president. “But abuse and cruelty are not something we tolerate.”
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