Beauty influencer faces fierce backlash after asking followers 'what race’ she should be today


YouTuber and beauty influencer Nikita Dragun sparked backlash on Sunday after she asked “what race” she should be that day.

The makeup artist appeared to be making a joke in a now-deleted tweet that asked:

what race is nikita gonna be today ?

Almost immediately, people started calling her out for her “careless” tweet.

Some people accused Dragun of “blackfishing” – a play on the word “catfishing”, to mean people who edit their photos to appear darker. It’s essentially a form of cultural appropriation and people weren’t happy:

The backlash prompted Dragun to delete the tweet and issue a clarification:

She also tweeted:

And when called out over a photoshoot where her skin colour looks considerably darkerned, she responded:

But people still happy about the alleged “blackfishing”:

Dragun has previously faced backlash for wearing a dreadlock wig in 2018 and also braids in 2019 – both hairstyles originating from the Black community.

She was also previously called out for now-deleted resurfaced tweets where she said “Imagine being black? I could never” and “When you're so tan you look black”.

indy100 reached out to Nikita Dragun for comment.

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