• Allison McMillian

Kadeeja Khan dropped from L’Oréal for acne


On March 1, 2018, Kadeeja Khan was dropped from L'Oreal. Khan is a 21-year-old beauty blogger based out of the UK. She was supposed to represent a campaign for a new hair product, but due to her cystic acne,` she was dropped from the campaign, according to Fox News.

She is a self-taught Afghan beauty blogger who went viral for her video of using $9 foundation to cover her acne. That is when the makeup conglomerate told her she could not be featured in its launch of the new vegan hair dye.

“I'm sorry to tell you that I have a bad news for you. We can't confirm the shooting with you. L’Oréal can't be involved with people with skin issues (question of regulations) that's why they decided to change the line of project at the last moment,” the email from a staff member reads, according to The Sun.

Khan had already agreed to travel to Paris for the launch and felt "really gobsmacked" to be turned away.

“My whole Instagram is about sharing unedited photos, and I am very honest about my acne. I don’t know why they would get my hopes up just to let me down — they were the ones to reach out to me not the other way around,” Khan said.

"They must have known what I post about on my social media before contacting me," she also said.

L’Oréal responded to Fox News' request on a response, and they accepted.

“We deeply apologize for any upset caused, and have made direct contact with the individuals involved to clarify this unfortunate misunderstanding. The photoshoot was designed to support a hair color product and feature hairdressers and lifestyle bloggers. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding resulted in the agency casting bloggers with skin concerns for this shoot," a company spokesperson confirmed via email.

"This resulted in the wrong profile being cast, which was then poorly and insensitively communicated to the individuals concerned. We do not have regulations in place that restrict us from working with people with skin conditions. At L’Oréal Professionnel we work with women and men with all skin types and celebrate beauty in all its diversity.”

"'Because you're worth it' — well, I obviously wasn’t,” Khan told Fox News.

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