A GROUP of black friends who were denied entry into London nightclub DSTRKT for being “too dark” and “too fat” have tonight (Feb 10) staged an event promoting equality.
My Skin took place in central London with aims of empowering, encouraging and elevating people “no matter their race, religion/belief, shape, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
“Our main aim is to eradicate the perception that women of colour are not respectful, beautiful, that we are rowdy and of a lower class,” said one of the event organisers Zalika Miller.
“It’s not everyday complain sometimes try be a part of the solution!”
Zalika was one of four women declined entry into DSTRKT nightclub, popular with celebrities including Rihanna and Drake, and to it was at full capacity only to watch in shock as other women were allowed to enter after them.
Details of the September 26 incident, first reported in The Voice newspaper, were shared widely on social media supported by the hashtag #DoILookDstrkt, challenging the criteria standard to enter the high end venue and prompted other black women to come forward with their own stories of discriminatory treatment at the hands of door staff.
Tonight’s event, which also supported small businesses, was hosted by Kat B and featured celebrity guests including EastEnders star Tameka Empson.
“Love the support from @tamekaempsonuk #myskin2016,” Zalika wrote on Instagram.