Do you follow Alissa Ashley on social media? I know I have supported her brand myself a ton of times posting quite a few of her makeup tutorials on my own social accounts and on this blog.
I was particularly impressed when she did the BOMB challenge where she used only black owned beauty brands to create a dope makeup look.
Today, however, I was a bit dissapointed! Alissa is in the middle of a Twitter fire storm because she ranted about the fact that she solicited free product from Black owned make up company Juvia’s Place and was turned down. This is one of the snips she posted:
Juvia’s Place posted their own message in response:
Then Twitter got involved:
When you take on the task of supporting a black business I am really going to need people to change their mindset about what ‘support’ means.
It not only means buying black but also it means having patience with small companies who do not have the machinery, staff or technology to act like the businesses you are used to supporting.
It might mean that you cannot get free product because they need their inventory to sell, it might mean it will take them a day longer to ship something or that you actually have to spend some money to get something of high quality that takes time to make.
I am not making excuses for black owned companies because most of us are professional enough to not need that but I am saying that if you want something great you have to sacrifice a little bit too.
In my opinion, Alissa was most definitely out of line and by now she should have learned the error of her ways so no need for me to beat her over her head.
What I will do is point you in the direction of this post here, where you can actually support a black owned beauty company and if you are a beauty vlogger you can pull out some of that YouTube cash you are making from our views and buy some!