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‘Other races get tan’: Nikita Dragun responds to blackface accusations

The makeup artist reminded fans that she's biracial.

Mar 18, 2020, 12:44 pm*

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Kahron Spearman 

Kahron Spearman

YouTuber and makeup artist Nikita Dragun has been accused of darkening her skin to the point of being offensive to Black people. In a now-deleted tweet, a Twitter user compared Dragun’s skin tone to blackface. 

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“Why is @NikitaDragun so damn dark now,” the user asked alongside photos of Nikita with different skin shades. 

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Dragun, who is transgender and of Vietnamese and Mexican descent, responded with a photo of herself with her natural skin color as a teen or preteen. “Cus my moms mexican and my dads viet… other races get tan but go off [sic],” she tweeted with the image.

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Dragun admitted that her tan wasn’t natural but claimed to get a darker complexion when in the sunlight. 

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A fan commented: “People will say, ‘Nooo it’s a spray tan.’ Like who cares if you naturally tan that dark anyway does it really matter? Some people don’t like being pale in winter.” 

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“I can’t go in the sun anymore… my family has a high risk of skin cancer,” Nikita responded.

Dragun, who has more than 3 million YouTube subscribers, came under fire last year for her outfit at the MTV Video Music Awards. She accessorized with three men on leashes, one of whom was a Black man.

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*First Published: Mar 18, 2020, 12:43 pm