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TikTok star Dixie D'Amelio has been accused of Blackfishing

TextAlex Peters

Debate has been sparked online with many disagreeing over the accusations

TikTok influencer Dixie D’Amelio has been accused of “Blackfishing” and called upon to apologise after new images of D’Amelio appeared to show her more tanned than usual. 

Blackfishing is a term used to describe when white women co-opt and impersonate aspects of Black women to appear racially ambiguous in order to capitalise on the identity for monetary or social gain. This can be done through everything from make-up, clothing, and hairstyles to more extreme surgery or fillers.

In this instance, users on social media accused D’Amelio of making herself look darker in recent Instagram stories with a graphic circulating comparing the new images with old ones and contrasting the colour swatches. “When will u apologize for this??????” wrote @CardiBthequeen1.

The accusations have sparked debate online, however, with many defending the TikToker and arguing that not only was this not a case of Blackfishing but that the accusations took away from real cases of Blackfishing. “It’s always the non black ppl abusing the word blackfishing,” wrote @_charliangel_. “It’s honestly harmful to the black community because it’s taking away from the validity of it... it was lichrally the lighting and camera that was used. this was posted on the same day.”

Amid these discussions, D’Amelio appeared to acknowledge the controversy tweeting, “I never want to hurt or offend anyone. ever. I love you all and i hope y’all know i never have bad intentions ever.”

Meanwhile, another influencer who has long been accused of Blackfishing recently addressed the “mixed race privilege” she has. Mika Francis, who has 154K followers on Instagram, released a video back in June vowing to do better by the Black community. “Having been accused of Blackfishing in the past, I do feel I benefit not only from white privilege but also the privilege of looking mixed race, or having mixed race features without actually being Black.” 

Many, however, were left unimpressed. “White women coming onto Beyoncé’s internet to claim they have “mixed race privilege” bc of their “mixed race features” (aka the filler they paid for) is such a farce. All I can do is laugh at this point,” wrote @thelonelyldnr in a tweet that has since been liked over 1,000 times.

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