This Photo Posted on MAC Cosmetics’ Instagram Page Brought Out The Racist Trolls

MAC, model in photo issue a response
February 19, 2016 Updated: February 19, 2016

MAC Cosmetics got a slew of unexpected racist comments on its Instagram page after posting a picture of a black model’s lips with its lipstick.

The model was wearing MAC’s “Matte Royal” lip color at the New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night, Feb. 17.

One user commented, “[Racist slur] lips?” While another wrote they were “fish lips,” and another person said, “Holy [expletive] I thought this was Jay Z.” Added another: “Wtf r these lips.” There were more, but they were deleted.

The comments were first captured in a screenshot by editor Ashley Alese Edwards.

As I turn 20 in a couple days this is a reminder of what I endured in the past, and if I survived middle school in America, I can get over this.
— Maryse Kye

Some came to her defense.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” one Instagram user wrote. “I’m thankful that there isn’t one standard of beauty.”

Added another: “After reading the article about racist comments left….I just wanted to post and let this model know her lips are absolutely stunning.”

The model in the picture is 19-year-old Maryse Kye, who responded to the comments in an Instagram post of her own.

“As I turn 20 in a couple days this is a reminder of what I endured in the past and if I survived middle school in america I can get over this,” she wrote.

“The bullying and alienation from others solely based on my features and skin color did not stop me from doing what I want.” 

She added (sic): “As I read the comments below this picture Felt so insecure and a bit embarrassed as I just wrapped up fashion week a time period that is tough on models especially black models as we encounter the harsh reality of the fashion world.”

MAC Cosmetics issued a statement to Digiday.

“MAC stands for and respects All Ages, All Races, All Sexes. We do not tolerate any abusive comments in our community,” it reads.

(H/T –, Digiday)