A few days ago, singer Jazmine Sullivan, 29, posted photos of herself on Instagram dressed as a blonde haired, blue-eyed Barbie. The singer attended a Barbie-themed costume party and decided to go as Barbie herself. The idea was cute, but Sullivan received backlash from her fans for going as the white version of Barbie instead of black Barbie.
Sullivan even joked about how creepy her blue eye contacts made her look. Despite Sullivan’s lightheartedness, some of her fans accused her of disowning her blackness and using makeup to lighten her skin to appear more European.
Once Sullivan caught wind of the fury that was unleashing in her comments, she took to Instagram again. This time, the Grammy award-winning singer told people to relax because it’s just a costume. She also claimed that her skin looks lighter due to camera’s flash and filters. Her reason for attending as white Barbie instead of black Barbie was because if she went as black Barbie, then she would essentially look like herself and not look like she was in costume.